Food Safety for Asparagus Competitiveness

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The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program for Farmers delivered technical assistance to producers of agricultural commodities and fishermen who have been adversely affected by import competition. The TAA program delivered training to nearly 10,000 producers of Catfish, Asparagus, Maine Wild Blueberries, as well as Shrimp and Lobster fishermen.


You can view any of the free online training courses developed for the TAA program. TAA participants also completed business adjustment plans using AgPlan (, the online business plan writing app; or AgTransitions (, an online transition planning app. Since the end of TAA the AgPlan development team has developed a fishing specific software call FishBizPlan (

Unfortunately, this program has ended because federal funding for the program was cut. If you have questions related to TAA for Farmers, please contact the Center for Farm Financial Management at

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This course will familiarize the viewer with issues and concepts of food safety that will lead to affirmative decisions about the adoption of new procedures in asparagus growing and packing.

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  •   Introduction and General Asparagus Information
      Introduction to Food Safety and Farming
      Food Safety and Asparagus Farming
      Additional Food Safety Considerations
      The Third Party Audit
      The Food Safety Act of 2010
      Summary and Conclusions