Produce Growers: Please Complete Brief FSMA Survey

Jan. 23, 2015

Posted 1-23-15 on behalf of Erik Lichtenburg and Aaron Ashok Adalja from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the Unviersity of Maryland.


We are conducting a nationwide survey of vegetable and fruit growers to better understand how the FDA’s proposed rule on produce safety under the Food Safety Modernization Act will impact them.  Our goal is to identify the current prevalence and cost burden of the kinds of food safety risk-reduction measures specified by the rule in order to determine how the rule will affect different types of growers.

We hope you might be able to leverage your network of growers to help get the word out to anyone who may be interested in taking the survey. The survey is intended for farm owners and managers growing vegetables or fruit. It takes about 10 minutes to complete, all of the questions in the survey are optional, and we do not collect any identifying information about participants or farms. 

As an incentive to take our survey, participants have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a free Apple iPad after completing the survey.

This research is very policy-relevant and could help guide future food safety legislation, so we encourage all vegetable and fruit growers to participate.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch (contact information below).  And thanks for your help!