About On-Farm Readiness Review
As part of NASDA’s guiding principle towards farm’s FSMA compliance, “educate before you regulate,” a team comprised of NASDA, State, FDA, and Cooperative Extension food safety leaders developed the On Farm Readiness Review (OFRR). Designed to move farmers away from the audit checklist scheme, the OFRR is meant to foster a dialogue between the farmer and the regulator and/or educator about the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule.
Benefits of OFRR:
1. Voluntary: Farmers request on OFRR from their state department of agriculture and/or extension agent.
2. Conversation: Over the course of a couple hours, scheduled at the convenience of the farmer, the reviewer observes growing conditions, harvesting practices, packinghouse operations, water sources, and discusses common food safety touch-points.
3. Useful Assessment: At the end of the review, the assessor provides their top three suggestions for the farm to improve its food safety practices. Afterwards, the farmer is connected with educational materials and resources to assist with solutions to achieve compliance with FSMA.
4. Peace of Mind for the Grower: This program has been designed to also educate the farmer on the inspection process and provide a level of comfort with the new requirements imposed by FSMA.
5. Public Health Assurance: Beginning in the Spring of 2018, regulators and educators will be on farms advancing food safety within our food system using the On Farm Readiness Review model.
6. Confidential: Careful consideration has been given to protecting farm information from prying eyes unless an immediate threat to public health is detected.
Sign-Up for an On-Farm Readiness Review in Your State
|State||How to Sign Up for an On-Farm Readiness Review|
|Alabama||Complete form here and send to firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Alaska||Contact Barb Hanson at email@example.com or 907-375-8278|
|Arizona||Fill out questionnaire previously sent to growers assessing interest in an OFRR|
|Arkansas||Fill out questionnaire here. Cooperative Extension will follow up to schedule.|
|California||Contact the produce department at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 916-900-5322|
|Colorado||Contact Cristy Dice at 303-869-9282 or email@example.com|
|Connecticut||Contact Resha Jacquier at 860-713-2508 or Resha.Jacquier@ct.gov|
|Florida||Complete form here or call 863-578-1900|
|Georgia||Complete form here and send to firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Idaho||Contact Briggita Gruenberg at Brigitta.Gruenberg@isda.idaho.gov or Pamela Juker at Pamela.Juker@isda.idaho.gov|
|Indiana||Contact ISDH at (317) 476-0056 or email email@example.com|
|Iowa||Fill out form here|
|Kansas||Contact Cal registering as a produce farm with the Kansas Department of Agriculture|
|Kentucky||Contact Office of Agricultural Marketing and Product Promotion at (502) 573-0282|
|Louisiana||Contact Allison Dumas at 225-935-2161 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Maine||Call (207) 764-2100 and ask to be put on the OFRR list to sign up for an On-Farm Readiness Review|
|Maryland||Email Produce.Safety@maryland.gov, call MDA at 410-841-5769 or complete the OFRR request form online at http://mda.maryland.gov/fsma|
|Michigan||Contact your local conservation district office. You can find your local conservation district here.|
|Minnesota||Contact ProduceSafety.MDA@state.mn.us or call (651) 539-3648.|
|Missouri||Register as a produce grower and then call the Produce Safety Program at (573) 751-8558.|
|Montana||Contact the MDA Food Safety Coordinator at (406) 444-0131after completing the inventory form here.|
|Nebraska||Email or call the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at email@example.com or (402) 471-3422|
|Nevada||Contact Ashley Jeppson at (775) 353-3675|
|New Jersey||Sign up by calling 856-839-3377 or email Charlotte.Muetter@ag.nj.gov|
|New York||Contact the NYS OFRR Team by phone (518) 457-3846 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|North Carolina||Contact the NCDA&CS Produce Safety Office at 919-614 3082 or email Chris Harris, produce program manager, at email@example.com|
|Ohio||Call Matt Fout at (614) 600-4272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Oklahoma||Call Justin McConaghy , ODAFF Produce Safety Program Coordinator at 405-522-3928 (work) or 405-215-7397 (cell)|
|Oregon||Complete form here and send a copy of the form to (503) 807-5864|
|Pennsylvania||Call Lynn Zakos at 717-787-4315 or email@example.com|
|Rhode Island||Fill out this form|
|South Carolina||Fill out this form|
|Texas||Contact Richard De Los Santos at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 463-7472|
|Utah||Contact Dave Basinger at email@example.com or (435) 636-3234 or USU Extension agent David Call at (435) 797-0184 or at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vermont||Enroll farm in Vermont Produce Portal here and check box next to "On-Farm Readiness Review"|
|Virginia||Contact the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services office at 804-786-4003|
|Washington||Contact WSDA Produce Safety Program at email@example.com|
|Wisconsin||Complete the Grower Questionnaire and indicate interest in an OFRR|
OFRR Manuals are available for order by state agencies with a produce cooperative agreement program only. Please order using the link below. If you wish to order manuals and you are not the CAP holder in your state, please contact the state agency with the produce cooperative agreement. Currently there is not an electronic version of the OFRR manual, but one is expected late 2019.
For further questions please contact NASDA at firstname.lastname@example.org.