FSMA Thank You!

FSMA_ThankYou_JBaumgartner12.5.13.jpgWe just wanted to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone who submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the proposed rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)! FDA received over 16,000 comments on the proposed FSMA Produce Rule, the bulk of which came from concerned farmers, consumers and advocates. Your hard work will help the FDA understand that biodiversity and on-farm conservation practices are integral parts of farming systems that help protect soil, water, and wildlife habitat.

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News from the Wild Side - October 2013

FS_illustration_sm10.17.13.jpgWild Farm Alliance (WFA) and Community Alliance with Family Farms (CAFF) are excited to announce the release of new resources to support farmers in 'co-managing' for food safety and natural resources conservation.

'A Farmer's Guide to Food Safety and Conservation: Facts, Tips & Frequently Asked Questions' provides a boots-on-the-ground guide for small and mid-sized fruit and vegetable growers looking to address both food safety and conservation on their operations.

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News from the Wild Side - September 2013

Hedgerow-rd9.12.13.jpgThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently proposing regulations that could have a profound impact on the way wildlife habitat and other conservation practices on farms are managed. Earlier this year the FDA released their proposed (a.k.a. draft) set of rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)---the first major overhaul of our nation's food safety practices since 1938. When they become law, the FSMA rules will require the implementation of certain food-safety management practices on many fruit and vegetable farms. While addressing food safety on produce farms makes sense, if not written correctly, these regulations could encourage the needless destruction of wildlife habitat near produce fields.

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