2018 Water Analysis Cost Share Program for Farmers

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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.

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Photo of Elena Rogers, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionElena RogersArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC Serves 49 Counties and EBCIBased out of Horticultural Science(828) 352-2519 elena_rogers@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science - NC State University

Contributing Specialist

Photo of Chip Simmons, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Chip Simmons, IIIArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety Serves 51 CountiesBased out of Horticultural Science(919) 414-5632 odsimmon@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science - NC State University
Updated on Mar 2, 2018
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