2018 On-Farm Readiness Review Demonstration - North Carolina


August 14, 2018 - August 15, 2018


Janell Hendren


“Educate before – and while – you regulate,” is a guiding principle for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture’s (NASDA) efforts to help farmers achieve a high level of compliance with the Produce Safety Rule of FSMA. The On Farm Readiness Review (OFRR) process was developed by a team comprised of NASDA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Cooperative Extension food safety leaders for this purpose. The OFRR process is designed to foster a dialogue among farmers, regulators and educators about the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule – a visual assessment of the farm to aid the likelihood the farm is in compliance with FSMA. An OFRR is voluntary, confidential and free to growers regardless of their size.

Seeing is believing. Therefore, we’d like to invite you, as a valued stakeholder, to a live demonstration of an OFRR in North Carolina. We will begin on August 14 at 2PM with background and overview followed by a reception hosted by the North Carolina Farm Bureau. On the morning of the 15th, we will travel to a farm to shadow experienced assessors as they demonstrate the process of conducting an OFRR (transportation will be provided). Afterwards, we will have lunch and a feedback session to answer questions and accept suggestions, ending approximately 4PM.

The deadline to register is August 9 so that we may have an accurate count for meals and transportation. This event is closed to invitees only.

Hotel & Transportation

Flights should be booked into the Raleigh-Durham (RDU) airport.

A block of hotel rooms is available at the Embassy Suites at 4700 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh, North Carolina. The rate for 8/14 and 8/15 is $99.00 night plus taxes. Breakfast is included in the rate.

Attendees can book their accommodations by calling 1-800-EMBASSY or going online at raleighcrabtree.embassysuites.com.

If booking online, after selecting the dates, click "check rooms & rates" then click on "have a special rate?" and type in the group code 948.

If calling, they should mention that they are part of the NC of Agriculture & Consumer Services room block and give the group code 948.


August 14: Open to invited press.

August 15: Open to invited press. Tour is for educational purposes only. No attribution should be made to comments or questions made during the tour. Photos will be allowed. Video is allowed in permitted areas only. Local North Carolina press are responsible for their own transportation to/from the farm.

We ask that you conduct all one-on-one interviews in a manner which does not detract from the event. Please contact Amanda Culp at amanda@nasda.org with any questions about press engagement for this event.

Attend the 14th Annual North Carolina Commissioner's Food Safety Forum

Attendees are encouraged to enjoy North Carolina's hospitality an extra day to attend the 14th Annual Commissioner's Food Safety Forum at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.