Water Analysis Cost Share Program
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) offers a Water Analysis Cost Share program. The purpose of this program is to encourage water testing as part of a pre- and post-harvest food safety program for fruit and vegetable crops. The program will assist in paying for the cost of testing irrigation and/or packing house wash water.
N.C. Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)
This is a cost share program designed to assist fruit and vegetable growers with the cost of a GAP/GHP audit. The NCDA&CS will pay up to $600 of the cost of having a third party audit to verify a farm’s food safety program. Funds will be paid to the auditor conducting the GAP/GHP audit to reduce the cost to the farmer by up to $600. Participating farmers will be responsible for paying the auditor for any balance due above $600. Funds are available on a first come first served basis until the funds are depleted. Applications must be submitted for approval to participate in this program to the NCDA&CS prior to receiving the GAP/GHP audit. Payments are limited to $600 per farm or company for audits conducted in 2009.