Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, 21% of produce farms have $50,000 or more in annual revenue. The leading crop grown is potatoes, followed by beans, sweet corn, peas, and cranberries. Search USDA Certified Farms.

Key Farm Facts for Wisconsin

5,126
Fruit and vegetable farms in the state
$59 million
Value of agricultural products sold direct to consumer*
$125 million
Value of agricultural products sold to retail markets*

Leading Crops Grown in Wisconsin

Produce Farms by Acreage in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Contacts

State Produce Safety Rule Inspection
Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP
USDA GAP, HGAP, HGAP+ Audit Programs

Wisconsin: 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?
Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP:
In person at the end of the audit, or emailed/mailed. We also have a public facing website where the inspection/audit/farm status can be published by request.
Produce Safety Rule:
No
USDA GAP:
YES mail or scan/ send/ website
Required On-Farm Verification: How often are the audit or inspection produce safety practices verified?
Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP:
Three or more years
Produce Safety Rule:
Periodic inspection with annual max frequency
USDA GAP:
Annual Audit
Written Food Safety Plan: Does an audit or inspection require a written farm food safety plan?
Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP:
Not required
Produce Safety Rule:
Not required
USDA GAP:
Required
Crop Coverage: What crops are covered by, or subject to, the requirements outlined in an audit or inspection?
Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP:
Produce Safety Rule:
USDA GAP:
Crop Specific
Completion Requirement: What score is needed to demonstrate that a farm meets the requirements of an audit or inspection?
Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP:
Growers are provided with a list of observed infractions. Follow up and technical assistance may be scheduled.
Produce Safety Rule:
No scoring--work over time to meet requirements
USDA GAP, HGAP, and HGAP+:
*Each major section must have a minimum score of 80%.
Worker Training: What does an audit or inspection require for worker training?
Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP:
Annual worker training record that is job specific and includes dates, participants, and topics covered
Produce Safety Rule:
Job Specific Annual Training Record with topics covered.
USDA GAP:
Job Specific Annual Training Record with topics covered.
Manure Management: What does an audit or inspection require when using manure?
Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP:
Written or oral policy/Time gap no less than 120 days for produce that contacts the soil or 90 days for produce that does not.
Produce Safety Rule:
Policy, record/ Under review
USDA GAP:
Policy, Record
Animal (Wildlife and Domestic): What does an audit or inspection require for managing animal contamination?
Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP:
Assess growing areas for animal contamination & if contamination is found, have a plan to ensure produce is not harvested. Monitor growing areas for animal activity and take action to prevent or minimize animal contamination
Produce Safety Rule:
Assessment of relevant areas for evidence of animal contamination and, if found, what actions will be taken to ensure contaminated produce is not harvested. Policy, Record
USDA GAP:
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?
Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP:
Guidance and recommendations only while still under enforcement discretion
Produce Safety Rule:
Under review
USDA GAP:
Record, 1x wells/3x surface testing annually
Post-Harvest Water Source: What does an audit or inspection require for post-harvest water sources?
Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP:
1x well testing annually, Record of E. Coli absense; This is educational for only large farms this year and would not be marked as an observation until subsequent inspections.
Produce Safety Rule:
Under review
USDA GAP:
Record, 1x well testing annually
Post-Harvest Water Use: What does an audit or inspection require of Post-Harvest Water?
Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP:
Same as Harvest water
Produce Safety Rule:
Under review
USDA GAP:
Recirculated water requires sanitizer use/record.
Cleaning and Sanitation: What does an audit or inspection require for cleaning and sanitizing equipment, tools, and other surfaces?
Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP:
Records kept when equipment is cleaned and sanitized, to include date, what was cleaned and method used.
Produce Safety Rule:
Record
USDA GAP:
Plan, Record
Cold Storage Management: What does an audit or inspection require when using cold storage for produce?
Safe Wisconsin Produce Audit, WDATCP-SWP:
No standing water or condensation; adequate design, construction and workmanship to allow adequate cleaning and maintenance, and are inspected, maintained and cleaned as necessary to minimize contamination; separate from other risk areas.
Produce Safety Rule:
None required
USDA GAP:
Policy, Temperature Record
Traceability/Recall Plan: What does an audit or inspection require to trace produce back in the event of a recall?
Produce Safety Rule:
None required
USDA GAP:
Policy, Record
Mock Recall: What does an audit or inspection require for a mock recall?
Produce Safety Rule:
None required
USDA GAP:
Record