The funding, through the Food Safety Outreach Program, will address needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning and socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers.
The program supports projects that encourage participants from local communities, community-based and non-governmental organizations, universities, extension and state and federal agencies.
It provides funding for food safety training and education for small and mid-sized producers and processors affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
New projects will focus on addressing knowledge and resource gaps in pre- and post-harvest water testing and sampling, soil amendments and developing supply chain programs and/or food safety plans.
Deadline for applications is June 6.
NIFA has invested more than $7.1m through the Food Safety Outreach Program since 2015.
Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director, said: "We’ve successfully expanded the program’s reach through establishment of a National Coordination Center and four regional centers across the US.”