Who's it for?
Growers in North Carolina seeking funding for auditing.
What problem does it solve?
Are you a Grower in the state of North Carolina wishing to verify your product and food safety, but you lack the funds for an audit?
How does it help?
By sharing costs, the goal of this program is to increase the number of NC farmers following the GAP and using third-party audits to verify their food safety program.
This is a cost share program designed to assist fruit and vegetable growers with the cost of a GAP/GHP audit. For farms that are being audited for the first time the NCDA&CS will pay up to $900 of the cost of having a third-party audit to verify a farm's food safety program. A farm that has been audited in previous years will receive a total of $300. The total amount a farm can receive will be $900 per year for first time audits or $300 per year for subsequent audits. Funds will be paid to the auditor conducting the GAP/GHP audit to reduce the cost to the farmer up to $900. Participating farmers will be responsible for paying the auditor for any balance due above the reimbursement threshold. Funding for this program comes from a USDA grant to the NCDA&CS. Funds are available on a first come first served basis until the funds are depleted.