Vermont

InĀ Vermont, 10% of produce farms have $50,000 or more in annual revenue. The leading crop grown is apples, followed by sweet corn, pumpkins, blueberries, and potatoes. VT growers have access to state and federal produce safety voluntary audits through the state run CAPS-Plus program and the USDA audit programs (GAPs, HGAP, and HGAP+). Search USDA Certified Farms.

Key Farm Facts for Vermont

1,330
Fruit and vegetable farms in the state
$50 million
Value of agricultural products sold direct to consumer*
$54 million
Value of agricultural products sold to retail markets*

Leading Crops Grown in Vermont

Produce Farms by Acreage in Vermont

Vermont Contacts

State Produce Safety Rule Inspection
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus)
USDA GAP, HGAP, HGAP+ Audit Programs

Vermont: What is Required for Audits and Inspections in this State?

Need more information? Go to the Produce Safety Rule Plain Language overview.

Issuing a Certificate: Will a grower receive a certificate following an audit or inspection?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
YES On-line sharing
Produce Safety Rule:
NO
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
YES mail or scan/ send/ website
Required On-Farm Verification: How often are the audit or inspection produce safety practices verified?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
Annual Audit
Produce Safety Rule:
Periodic inspection with annual max frequency
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Annual Audit
Written Food Safety Plan: Does an audit or inspection require a written farm food safety plan?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
Required
Produce Safety Rule:
Not required
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Required
Crop Coverage: What crops are covered by, or subject to, the requirements outlined in an audit or inspection?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
Whole Farm
Produce Safety Rule:
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Crop Specific
Completion Requirement: What score is needed to demonstrate that a farm meets the requirements of an audit or inspection?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
Annual Training Record with topics covered
Produce Safety Rule:
Job Specific Annual Training Record with topics covered
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Job Specific Annual Training Record with topics covered
Worker Training: What does an audit or inspection require for worker training?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
Annual Training Record with topics covered
Produce Safety Rule:
Job Specific Annual Training Record with topics covered
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Job Specific Annual Training Record with topics covered
Manure Management: What does an audit or inspection require when using manure?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
Plan, Record
Produce Safety Rule:
Policy, record/ Under review
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Policy, Record
Animal (Wildlife and Domestic): What does an audit or inspection require for managing animal contamination?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
Plan, Record Option
Produce Safety Rule:
Assessment of relevant areas for evidenc of animal contamination and, if found, what actions will be taken to ensure contaminated produce is not harvested.
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
Monitors growing areas for animal activity and takes action to prevent or minimize animal contamination. Policy, Record
Agricultural Water: What does an audit or inspection require when using water that touches the crop before it is harvested?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
Risk assessment and management, record option
Produce Safety Rule:
Under review
USDA GAP:
Record, 1x well testing annually
USDA HGAP:
Record, 1x wells/3x surface testing annually
USDA HGAP+:
Record, 1x well testing annually
Post-Harvest Water Source: What does an audit or inspection require for post-harvest water sources?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
Recirculated water requires sanitizer use, or multiple dunk tanks with frequent water changes
Produce Safety Rule:
Under review
USDA GAP:
Recirculated water requires sanitizer use/record
USDA HGAP:
Record, 1x well testing annually
USDA HGAP+:
Recirculated water requires sanitizer use/record
Post-Harvest Water Use: What does an audit or inspection require of Post-Harvest Water?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
Plan, Record for leafy greens
Produce Safety Rule:
Under review
USDA GAP:
Plan, Record
USDA HGAP:
Recirculated water requires sanitizer use/record.
USDA HGAP+:
Plan, Record
Cleaning and Sanitation: What does an audit or inspection require for cleaning and sanitizing equipment, tools, and other surfaces?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
Plan, Record for leafy greens
Produce Safety Rule:
Record
USDA GAP:
Policy, Temperature Record
USDA HGAP:
Plan, Record
USDA HGAP+:
Policy, Temperature Record
Cold Storage Management: What does an audit or inspection require when using cold storage for produce?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
Plan, Photos, SOP, Conditional Record
Produce Safety Rule:
None Required
USDA GAP:
Policy, Record
USDA HGAP:
Policy, Temperature Record
USDA HGAP+:
Policy, Record
Traceability/Recall Plan: What does an audit or inspection require to trace produce back in the event of a recall?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
Plan, Record
Produce Safety Rule:
None required
USDA GAP:
Record
USDA HGAP:
Policy, Record
USDA HGAP+:
Record
Mock Recall: What does an audit or inspection require for a mock recall?
Vermont Community Accreditation for Produce Safety-Plus (CAPS-Plus):
Record
Produce Safety Rule:
None required
USDA GAP:
Record