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State Produce Implementation Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP)

State Produce Implementation Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP)

What is the State Produce Implementation CAP?

As part of the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), FDA established science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption as outlined in FDA’s regulation, “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption” (commonly referred to as the Produce Safety Rule).The new legislation requires an increased level of cooperation between federal, state, and territorial regulatory and food safety produce entities.

The outcomes of this cooperative agreement program are to:

  • Advance efforts for a National Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS)
  • Plan, establish, and/or enhance state and territorial produce safety programs.
  • Encourage the safe production of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Promote understanding and compliance with the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule. 

What are the Goals of the State Produce Implementation CAP?

The goals of this cooperative agreement are to provide awardees with the resources to:

  • Assess their produce landscape.
  • Establish a process to develop and maintain a produce farm inventory.
  • Provide resources for, and invest in, their program's infrastructure.
  • Coordinate with other local, state, territory, and federal agencies for produce safety activities.
  • Formulate a multi-year plan to implement a produce safety system.
  • Develop a performance measurement system, plan, and/or process system to measure the progress towards the goals of this cooperative agreement.
  • Evaluate produce legislative or regulatory authority.
  • Develop and/or provide education, outreach, and technical assistance, prioritizing farming operations covered by the rule.
  • Develop and/or provide education, outreach, and technical assistance to the jurisdictional produce safety regulators.
  • Design and implement a compliance program for applicable produce safety regulations at the jurisdictional level.

Who are the current awardees?

  • Current awardees for this cooperative agreement include state/territory government food agencies with actual or potential regulatory oversight and responsibility over their respective jurisdiction’s commodities regulated in FDA's Produce Safety Rule.
  • States applied for either Competition A only or Competition A/B.
  • Competition A includes Infrastructure, Education, Technical Assistance, and Inventory Program.
  • Competition A/B includes Competition A components AND an Inspection, Compliance and Enforcement Program.
  • There are 5 tiers of funding ceilings based on the number of farms growing covered produce within the jurisdiction. (Data furnished by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Survey).
  • Funding amounts are based on the tier and competition for each state. A description of the tiers can be found in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA)
  • Year 1 (9/2016 - 6/2017) awards total $21.8 million.
  • Year 2 (7/2017 - 6/2018) awards total $30.9 million.
  • Year 3 (7/2018 - 6/2019) awards total $32.5 million.

United States Map displaying 44 FDA funded State Produce Implementation cooperative agreement states: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV

United States Map displaying 46 FDA funded State Produce Implementation cooperative agreement states: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV

State/Territory Competition Tier Year 3 Awarded Amount (FY18-19)
AK AB 5 375,000
AL AB 3 1,078,247
AS (American Samoa) *New 2018-2019* A* 5 49,978
AR AB 4 352,110
AZ AB 4 755,000
CA AB 4 2,147,810
CO AB 4 677,459
CT AB 4 559,796
DE AB 5 391,325
FL AB 2 556,558
GA AB 2 275,000
HI (New 2018-2019) AB 3 532,016
IA A 4 497,965
ID AB 4 549,446
IN AB 4 755,000
KS AB 5 414,909
KY (New 2018-2019) AB 3 700,000
LA AB 4 755,000
MA AB 4 755,000
MD AB 4 755,000
ME AB 4 753,182
MI AB 3 1,090,000
MN AB 3 988,399
MO AB 4 724,753
MS (New 2018-2019) AB 4 474,334
MT AB 5 38,307
NC AB 3 497,880
NE AB 5 132,000
NH A 5 259,293
NJ AB 4 755,000
NM AB 3 990,000
NV AB 5 412,427
NY AB 3 1,089,821
OH AB 3 938,473
OK AB 4 511,069
OR A 3 799,021
PA AB 2 1,267,344
RI AB 5 415,000
SC AB 4 710,380
TN AB 4 457,156
TX AB 2 1,350,000
UT AB 4 755,000
VA AB 4 755,000
VT AB 4 755,000
WA AB 2 1,350,000
WI AB 3 1,090,000
WV AB 4 197,003

*Limited Competition A to conduct only Education and Outreach Activities

Where can I get more information?

Specific questions on this program can be directed to the appropriate Office of Partnerships' contact within the Division of Partnership Investments and Agreements. Please visit the Office of Partnerships Contacts webpage to obtain a downloaded version of the staffing roster. 

Produce/FSMA technical questions may be directed to the Technical Advisory Network (TAN).

You can also find helpful information by reviewing the FOA.

General questions can be directed to the Office of Partnerships' general mailbox: op.feedback@fda.hhs.gov