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Agricultural Food Safety Improvement Program (AFSIP)

How to apply to the Agricultural Food Safety Improvement Program

Laura J. Maul

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Overview & Goals:

The Agricultural Food Safety Improvement Program (AFSIP) supports produce and aquaculture operations that are looking to improve their food safety practices that work towards minimizing the risks of microbial contamination and food-borne illnesses while increasing market access. 

Eligible Projects:

Practices that help prevent or reduce on-farm food safety risks on produce or aquaculture farms.

Produce Examples: 

  • Water systems, delivery, treatment devices, processing and washing equipment
  • Portable restrooms and/or hand washing sinks (mobile or stationary)
  • Harvest & storage equipment (bins, totes, bin storage, racks)
  • Packing shed walls, ceilings, and light fixtures
  • Drainage systems for coolers and washing & packing areas
  • Wildlife fencing; Pest deterrent
  • Refrigeration/Cooling Equipment
  • Pesticide storage

Aquaculture Examples: 

  • Ice Machines
  • Insulated Containers
  • Walk-in refrigeration units
  • Processing equipment 
  • Facility Upgrades
  • Refrigerated vehicle 

Eligible Applicants:

  • Produce operations that grow, harvest, pack, or hold produce as defined by 21 C.F.R. § 112 and that are principally and substantially engaged in the business of production agriculture or farming for commercial purposes under M.G.L. c. 128, Section 1A.
  • Aquaculture farmers as defined by M.G.L. c.128, Section 1A, currently licensed, who raise a marine or aquatic species intended for human food.

Maximum Funding:

  • Maximum funding per applicant is 80% of total project costs up to $50,000.
  • A minimum cash match of 20% of the total project costs is required.

Deadlines:

  • Applications must be received by the Department by 4:00pm on Friday, November 5th, 2021. 

How to apply Agricultural Food Safety Improvement Program (AFSIP)

Applications must be received by the Department by 4:00pm on Friday, November 5th, 2021. 

Email your application to: 

laura.maul@mass.gov

All applicants are advised to allow adequate time for submission of their proposal by considering online impediments like internet traffic, internet connection speed, file size, and file volume. MDAR is not responsible for delays encountered by applicants or their agents, or for an applicants local hardware failures, such as computers or related networks, associated with a bid compilation or submission. 

Applications must be received by the Department by 4:00pm on Friday, November 5th, 2021. 

Mail your completed application with any additional documentation to: 

Laura J. Maul
Program Coordinator

Department of Agricultural Resources
30 Riverside Drive, Suite 202
Lakeville, MA  02347

All applicants are advised to allow adequate time for submission of their proposal by considering potential mail or shipping company delays. MDAR is not responsible for delays encountered by applicants or their agents, mail or package delivery issues associated with submission. 

 

Applications must be received by the Department by 4:00pm on Friday, November 5th, 2021. 

Hand deliver your completed application with any additional documentation on Friday, November 5th to:

Laura J. Maul
Program Coordinator

Department of Agricultural Resources
30 Riverside Drive, Suite 202
Lakeville, MA  02347

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