Raw Manure in Fruit and Vegetable Production Survey

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) the Food and Drug Administration is seeking comments from stakeholders to determine the appropriate interval between application of raw manure/or grazing of animals in certain crops. They are also proposing that farmers who use raw manure to transition to using composted manure. UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture is trying to understand:

• How farmers who grow fruits and vegetables for sale are using raw manure or grazing animals in fruit and vegetable production areas

• How these farmers might be impacted if the recommended interval between the application of raw manure (or grazing animals) in areas where fruits and vegetables are grown, and harvesting the produce is extended

* What barriers may exist for farmers if they were to transition from using raw manure to treated compost

If you grow fruits or vegetables for sale and apply raw manure OR graze livestock and/or poultry in produce production areas, please take a few moments to answer this brief survey.

Your responses will be used to help Extension providers make comments to policy makers on the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules and develop appropriate educational materials. All responses will be kept anonymous and confidential, and your responses will be combined with those of other farms.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Ginger Nickerson at gnickers@uvm.ed or 802-505-8189

More details: For more information on farms that might be affected by FSMA, see: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334554.htm
and on FSMA in general, see: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm334114.htm

* 1. Do you apply raw manure or graze poultry or livestock in areas where you grow fruits and/or vegetables for sale?