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Risk Management Training and Budgeting for the Costs of Food Safety on Colorado Farms

  • Award Amount: $49,995
  • Regional Center: Western Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2013 Competitive Grant Program

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Project Overview

Colorado’s fruit and vegetable producers are exposed to greater financial, marketing and legal risk since the 2011 Listeria monocytogenes cantaloupe outbreak in southeastern Colorado, and passage of the
2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. This project allowed our team to expand on CSU Extension’s food safety programming by developing curriculum and exercises on planning for food safety-related risks, budgeting, and managing new investments and costs for on-farm food safety, grounded in primary research on food safety costs, conducted with producers around the state. Project impacts include increased producer recognition of the importance of understanding FSMA as evidenced by 28 requests for additional FSMA information; 11 follow up phone consultations on food safety planning and risk management; 1 audit performed and passed by a workshop participant; 1 conference presentation to 15 growers on food safety plan development, implementation, and audit overview; and 5 follow up consultations on food safety plan development. We reached a total of 71 participants in 3 workshops, presented costs of on-farm food safety information at 3 large grower meetings in 2014 (for a total of 180 growers attending); and taught 2 Building Farmers in the West classes on on-farm food safety and risk management (34 total participants).

Number of Participants: 105

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