Developing a Value-Added Agriculture (VAA) product can be a tremendous boon to your farm business. However, stepping into the realm of "processed" foods & beverages means that you must understand how to navigate the world of food safety regulations. There are federal, state and local regulations to comply with and these regulations change frequently. In fact, farmers and food producers make it challenging for regulators to keep up with their innovations!
We have created this hub to help you better understand the various regulations, and connect you with the right people to help you. As there is no "one size fits all" process here, the best thing is to know who are your local and state partners in the process. Thank you to the Maryland Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant and MidAtlantic Farm Credit for supporting this project!