2018 Water Analysis Cost Share Program for Farmers
Growers who test their water supply as part of a pre- and post- food safety program may apply for the NCDA &CS’ newly launched Water Analysis Cost Share Program. The program, made possible from a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, will assist growers by reimbursing part of the cost associated with testing irrigation and wash water in packing houses. The NCDA&CS will reimburse growers up to $1,000 for laboratory analyses to determine the presence of generic E. coli bacteria in irrigation or wash water by a certified laboratory. Growers can be reimbursed for multiple tests throughout the year.
Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested growers should contact Kevin Hardison at 919-707-3123 or Kevin.Hardison@ncagr.gov. Reimbursement forms and more information are available at www.ncagr.gov/markets/NCgradesvc.