National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program

The National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Program will award grants that increase the understanding and adoption of established food safety standards, guidance, and protocols.

Grants awarded through this program will be carried out in a manner
that facilitates the integration of food safety standards and guidance with a variety of agricultural production and processing systems, including conventional, sustainable, organic, and conservation and environmental practices carried out by the eligible entities.

The assistance provided by these programs shall be coordinated with and delivered in cooperation with similar services or assistance by other federal agencies or programs serving those eligible entities.
Related Programs10.303 Integrated ProgramsExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: NIFA has built upon the national infrastructure with a focus on the delivery of customized training to a very specific target audience.

In FY 2016, we solicited for 30 pilot, 10 community outreach, and 4 multistate education and training projects.

Example projects include the following: SEEDS FOR INCREASING TRIBAL KNOWLEDGE IN FOOD SAFETY (PILOT) This pilot project will work over the course of one (1) year to: (1) identify the specific training and education needs within Arizona-based Tribal communities focusing on the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC); (2) develop culturally sensitive food safety training materials; and (3) implement a food safety education and outreach program that meets the very specific needs of GRIC Tribal members and is also transferable to other Tribal entities across the State of Arizona. HAWAII ROOTS FOOD SAFETY OUTREACH PROJECT (PILOT) Kokua Kalihi Valley (KKV) Hawaii Roots Food Safety Outreach Project will work towards the goal of enabling Hawaii's small and beginning producers, processors, and wholesalers to enhance the safety of their food products (including complying with FSMA regulations), while maintaining profitability, sustainability, and equity.

Additionally, project activities will help to build the long-term capacity of our local food system to disseminate best practices through robust culturally-tailored outreach strategies.

Objectives assess the specific food safety education/training needs, learning preferences, and knowledge sharing networks of Hawaii`s ethnically diverse, small and beginning farmers, processors, and wholesalers.

Develop a community-based, FSMA-consistent food safety curriculum and pilot its delivery to 80 individuals through on-farm training sessions facilitating peer networking and knowledge sharing.

Disseminate five (5) new food safety education/training materials and delivery methodology to ten (10) local stakeholder organizations and 300 individuals for broader implementation throughout Hawaii. BRIDGING THE GAP: EFFECTIVE RISK MITIGATION THROUGH ADOPTION OF AGRICULTURAL WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS (MULTI-STATE) This project?s goal is to equip growers with the knowledge to successfully implement water treatment systems on their farms.

Fruit and vegetable growers are continually evaluating new practices to mitigate food safety risks in their operations.

The finalization of the Produce Safety rule has set in motion many activities to help growers become compliant with this regulation.

The project team has long-standing relationships with the produce growing community in our roles as extension specialists.

They have received numerous questions and have had many discussions with growers who currently use surface water for irrigation or application of foliar sprays (e.g.

herbicides and pesticides).

They understand that surface water can become contaminated with foodborne pathogens and do not want to rely upon monitoring via water testing or die-off rates to assure the safety of the produce they are growing.

While there are in-line water treatments (chlorine, peroxyacetic acid, UV-light) to inactivate pathogens, there isn't a curriculum to educate growers about each technology; determine what would work best in their operation; validate effectiveness; and conduct ongoing verification activities (e.g.

record-keeping).

This project seeks to: Develop stakeholder-driven curriculum to educate growers of all sizes and background about agricultural water treatment systems; Share the curriculum with growers and train-the-trainers; and lastly evaluate the short-term and medium-term outcomes through knowledge gained and adoption of this technology.

This curriculum would help growers of all sizes make educated decisions on how to mitigate risk for their farms within the context of the Produce Safety regulation.

Additionally, the team will coordinate hosting a Project Directors meeting for Pilot, Community Outreach and Multi-state projects in year one (1) with the Southern Regional Center. EXPANSION AND INTEGRATION OF FSMA EDUCATION AND OUTREACH FOR BEGINNING AND SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED SUSTAINABLE ORGANIC PRODUCERS (COMM) This project goal is to expand bilingual food safety education and outreach while integrating new guidelines established under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for beginning and socially disadvantaged sustainable organic producers.

The target audience requires access to customized Bilingual Land Based Experiential Food Safety Education, Training and TA that integrates FSMA guidelines to improve the success of their beginning farm businesses.

Access includes services being offered in both English and Spanish by trusted educational partners in multiple formats.

For beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, an audience adapted and comprehensive approach to Food Safety Training is appropriate.

This training (a proposed 3-week short course) would cover general topics such as Traceability and Worker Health and Hygiene, followed by Farm Reviews, Field Harvest and Packing, Packing Shed Facility, Storage and Transportation.

This resource would also be incorporated into the ongoing onsite cohort practicum training and incubator TA, and also two (2) bilingual outreach and educational videos using course material and clips for all topics.

This goal will be achieved through four (4) objectives: (1) enhance partnerships of local non-profit Viva Farms, a land-grant university, a State University County Extension and Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA); (2) develop, adapt and implement food safety education and outreach integrating FSMA guidelines that can be utilized nationally; (3) increase coordination and access to food safety education and outreach that removes barriers to participation of the target audience; and (4) increase food safety knowledge, skills and practices consistent with FSMA guidelines of target audience.

Outreach and Promotion Plan.

Partners will coordinate bilingual outreach using social media, network partners, list serves, print and radio marketing to reach the greatest possible percentage of our target audience.

Use existing curriculum and resources: We will utilize existing education and training material such as 'Bridging the GAP's', 'Handbook for Small and Direct Marketing Farms', and 'Wholesale Success' to develop and deliver curriculum and make course materials and delivery bilingually accessible.

Outcomes: The project is expected produce the following outputs: (1) increased and effective partnerships between non Viva Farms, WSU, WSDA, Regional Centers, NCC, USDA and FDA; (2) expansion, Development and delivery of new two (2) three-week short courses, and curriculum inclusion in ongoing practicum courses and Incubator TA; (3) increase in number of trainers with the knowledge and experience to effectively train our target audience during and after the grant period; (4) increased bilingual materials and resources available in several delivery methods including Spanish Versions of 'Bridging the GAP's'; (5) increase the number of target audience producers receiving education and improving knowledge, are committed to, or have implemented Food Safety Practices; and (6) two (2) Outreach and Educational Food Safety Videos.

Adaptation and Availability of communities.

Other similar farming communities will be able to access, learn from and adapt their approaches as a result of this project.

If we are able to achieve our goals and objectives with the close collaboration of our key partners, communities can look to our activities, outputs and outcomes for strategic planning.

Fiscal Year 2017: In fiscal year 2017, NIFA will expand the goals of the food safety outreach program to reach additional pilot, community outreach and multi-state education projects.

To date, 43 applications were received in which six (6) pilots, 12 community outreach, and seven (7) multi-state education projects are projected for funding.

Example projects include the following: Preventative Controls Training For Small Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Processors subject to FSMA (COMM) The long-term goal for this project is to prepare at least 75 percent (75%) of 'small' and 'very small' Alabama produce processors (required to be compliant by 2017 and 2018, respectively) for the Preventive Controls portion of FSMA by expanding an existing food safety-training program, aligning with NIFA Community Outreach Project goals.

A key component of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule, which is meant to ensure safe processing, packing, and holding of U.S.

food products.

Among those affected by the rule are off-farm produce processors, who have historically had limited oversight and for whom Preventive Controls regulations may be unfamiliar and confusing.

The goals for this program are to: (1) reaching out to all small and very small produce processors in Alabama who are required to establish a Preventive Controls program; (2) utilizing existing curriculum and certified instructors to teach 12 Preventive Controls courses at locations throughout Alabama, which will be free for processors; (3) evaluating participants? understanding and retention of course material through built-in course assessments and follow-up surveys; and (4) overseeing nine (9) ACES regional Extension agents (REAs) as they work one-on-one with the produce processors, providing extra assistance in meeting Preventive Controls guidelines if needed.

The team will leverage strong relationships with organizations such as the Alabama Department of Public Health to connect with processors and use their combined wealth of food safety training experience to effectively lead the training sessions. Revision And Expansion Of The Florida 'Build Your Own Farm Food Safety Manual' Program Extension collaborators in Florida have been offering a ?Build Your Own Farm Food Safety Manual? workshop since 2010 to assist small and beginning farmers develop food safety plans to improve food safety practices and expand market access through meeting third-party audit standards.

In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law which gave FDA new authority to regulate on-farm produce safety.

These training materials were updated upon the initial passage of FSMA but well before the proposed Produce Safety Rule (PSR) was released and they have not undergone significant revisions since 2011.

Due to the continued demand for the Florida ?Build Your Own Farm Food Safety Manual? workshops along with the impending implementation of the PSR, there is a clear need to revise the now severely outdated curriculum to aid in the development of FSMA-compliant food safety documentation and practices.

We propose to: (1) revise the existing workshop materials and develop two training demonstration sites, (2) deliver the revised training to expanded audiences, and (3) develop evaluation tools and assess short- and medium-term learning and impact.

Participants will develop an improved understanding of foundational food safety principles and practices that support the production of safe food, as well as FSMA compliance, through the visualization of key food safety issues discovered through hands-on, problem-based exercises at a demonstration farm and packinghouse and they will be equipped with the framework of a personalized farm food safety plan to organize records required by the PSR and meet buyer requirements.

Fiscal Year 2018: In addition to continuing to solicit pilot, community outreach and multistate projects.

A stakeholder listening session was held in January, 2017 for consideration of future recommendations to the FY 2018 program priority.

As a result, we intend to incorporate a technical assistance component that will provide support to small and mid-sized producers and processors.


Agency - Department of Agriculture

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Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Regents Of The University Of Minnesota $ 450,000   2020-09-012023-08-31
Washington State University $ 450,000   2020-09-012023-08-31
Washington State University $ 450,000   2020-09-012023-08-31
University Of California, Davis $ 596,229   2020-09-012023-08-31
University Of Vermont & State Agricultural College $ 442,613   2020-09-012023-08-31
Ccof Foundation $ 318,300   2020-09-012023-08-31
Research Triangle Institute $ 449,772   2020-09-012023-08-31
University Of Vermont & State Agricultural College $ 384,968   2020-09-012023-08-31
Purdue University $ 200,000   2020-09-152022-09-14
Easton Economic Development Corporation $ 199,969   2020-09-152022-09-14



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Prior year funding was provided to establish the national infrastructure in FY 2015 as the National Food Safety Training, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Program and in FY 2016 for the inaugural Food Safety Outreach Program including continuation awards. There were 64 applications received of which 10 pilot, 10 community outreach, and 4 multistate education projects have been funded at the level of $4,758,326. Fiscal Year 2017: The anticipated amount available for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to support the Program is $4,770,750. We received 43 proposals: [ten (10) pilot, 17 community outreach and 16 multistate projects]. NIFA anticipates funding approximately 28 total awards. The Food Safety Outreach Program was funded at $4.8 million in which it has an investment of projects focused on the delivery of customized training for owners and operators of small farms, food processors, small fruit and vegetable wholesalers, food hubs, farmers? markets, terminal markets, and farms that lack access to food safety training and other educational opportunities. The request for applications was published with a closing date of June 6, 2017. A total of 43 applications were received and were subjected to the peer panel review process. Twenty-eight (28) awards in the amount of up to $50K for each pilot award, up to $150K for each community award, and up to $400K for each multi-state award. We anticipate funding: six (6) Pilots, 12 Community & Outreach, and seven (7) Multi-state and education projects. The estimated success rate for the program is approximately 40% -50%. In FY 2017 the AFRI Food Safety Outreach Program invested in the following priority areas: (1) Pilot projects to support the development and implementation of new and potentially high-risk, high-impact food safety education and outreach programs in local communities. (2) Community Outreach Projects that focus on the growth and expansion of already-existing food safety education and outreach programs currently offered in local communities; and (3) Multistate Education and Training Projects that will develop and implement multi-county, state-wide, or multi-state food safety education and outreach programs. Fiscal Year 2018: The projected amount available for FY 2018 is approximately $4,761,150. We anticipate receiving approximately 70 proposals and project funding success rate of approximately 25%.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The new National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance proposals are expected to describe Regional Centers that have a leading role in coordinating the development of FSMA-related training, education, and outreach programs and resources for small and medium-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, small processors, and/or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers.

An outreach plan for conducting education and training to a cadre of regional FSMA trainers must be developed, along with an implementation plan for extending both training and technical assistance to the targeted audiences of farmers, processors and vendors in the respective regions.

In addition, the Regional Centers must work collaboratively with a National Coordination Center for Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance to ensure that training curricula and resources cover core competencies across all funded regional centers, and to provide annual reports to NIFA on overall program objectives.

Section 716 of the Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2014, limits indirect costs to 30 percent of the total Federal funds provided under each award.

Therefore, when preparing budgets, applicants should limit their request for the recovery of indirect costs to the lesser of the institution?s official negotiated indirect cost rate or the equivalent of 30 percent of total Federal funds awarded.

When NIFA is not the cognizant Federal agency.

The applicant should use the current negotiated indirect cost rate established by its cognizant Federal agency (the agency that provides the most funds).

If awarded, the applicant will be required to produce a negotiated indirect cost rate agreement from the cognizant agency in order to recover indirect costs.

Applicants may request (i.e., budget) indirect costs using the lesser of: (a) the negotiated rate; or (b) the maximum statutory rate stated in the Request for Application, if any.

If unable to obtain a negotiated rate from its cognizant agency, the applicant is not permitted indirect cost reimbursement.

Rather, the applicant may only be reimbursed for allowable direct costs.

Violation of Cost Accounting Standards is not permitted when re-budgeting or charging costs to awards. When NIFA is the cognizant Federal agency.

If the applicant does not have a negotiated rate, and NIFA is the cognizant agency, the applicant must calculate an indirect cost rate in order to request indirect costs.

NIFA?s indirect cost website provides several sample indirect cost rate calculations.

NIFA?s website is found at: http://nifa.usda.gov/business/indirect_cost_process.html. During the application process, the applicant is not required to complete the entire indirect cost package identified on NIFA?s website.

Rather, the applicant need only calculate an indirect cost rate to serve as a basis for requesting indirect costs.

If awarded, the applicant will be required to submit a complete Indirect Cost Proposal (ICP) package as explained on NIFA?s indirect cost website. Grantees may not use grant funds awarded under this authority to renovate or refurbish research, education, or extension space; purchase or install fixed equipment in such space; or the plan, repair, rehabilitate, acquire, or construction of buildings or facilities.

Fully discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Cooperative Extension Service for a U.S.

state or territory; A non-profit community-based or non-governmental organization representing owners and operators of farms, small food processors, or small fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers that has a commitment to public health and expertise in administering programs that contribute to food safety; An institution of higher education (as defined in Section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C.

1001(a)) or a foundation maintained by an institution of higher education; Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Agencies, A collaboration of two or more eligible entities; or Such other appropriate entity, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The Cooperative Extension Service for a U.S. state or territory; A non-profit community-based or non-governmental organization representing owners and operators of farms, small food processors, or small fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers that has a commitment to public health and expertise in administering programs that contribute to food safety; An institution of higher education (as defined in Section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)) or a foundation maintained by an institution of higher education; Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Agencies, A collaboration of two or more eligible entities; or Such other appropriate entity, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.

Credentials/Documentation

The System for Award Management (SAM) combines eight federal procurement systems, including CCR, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. CCR activities are conducted through SAM (the CCR website will redirect users to SAM). Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM): Each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. Applicants must furnish the information required in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs). Successful applicants recommended for funding must furnish the information and assurances requested during the award documentation process. These include, but are not limited to the following: Organizational Management Information - Specific management information relating to an applicant shall be submitted on a one time basis, with updates on an as needed basis, as part of the responsibility determination prior to the award of a grant identified under this RFA, if such information has not been provided previously under this or another NIFA program. NIFA will provide copies of forms recommended for use in fulfilling these requirements as part of the preaward process. Although an applicant may be eligible based on its status as one of these entities, there are factors which may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under this program (e.g., debarment or suspension of an individual involved or a determination that an applicant is not responsible based on submitted organizational management information). This information collection is approved under OMB Circular Control No. 0524-0026, ?Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Agriculture Regulations Assuring Civil Rights, Compliance and Organization Information.? SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-safety-outreach-program RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

All Requests for Applications (RFAs) are published on the Agency?s website and Grants.gov.

Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process.

Please see the following Grants.gov link for more information: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) only accepts electronic applications which are submitted via Grants.gov in response to specific Requests for Applications (RFA). Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. For information about the pre-award phase of the grant lifecycle application processes see: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grants-101/pre-award-phase.html. Further, applicants must follow the instructions provided in the NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide, which can be assessed as follows: Adobe NIFA Applications. 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-safety-outreach-program RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Award Procedures

Applications are subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and (f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application. Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFA). 2 CFR 200 ? Subpart C and Appendix I and 2 CFR part 400 apply to this Program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-safety-outreach-program RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Drug Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. §§ 391 et seq. Section 209 of FSMA added section 1011, Subsection (d) entitled ?National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach and Technical Assistance Program?. Paragraph (d)(1) requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding or cooperative agreement with the Secretary of Agriculture ?to establish a competitive grant program within the National Institute of Food and Agriculture?. This program will award competitive grants to organizations to provide food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance to owners and operators of small and medium-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. The authority for the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program is under Section 405 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7625).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Contact the National Program Leader (NPL), as indicated per CFDA Section # 152 ? Headquarters Office regarding dates for specific deadlines, start and end dates, and range of approval/disapproval time. Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. NIFA?s respective links regarding general information are provided below: http://nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-safety-outreach-program RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.

Appeals

Not Applicable. 2 CFR Part 200 ? Subparts D & E apply to this program.

Renewals

Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA), which are generally published annually. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-safety-outreach-program.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

In accordance with statutory time limits, project periods, including no-cost extensions of time, vary from (1) to five (5) years. Further details are provided in the Award document Form NIFA-2009 and the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016) at: https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-safety-outreach-program RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: NIFA utilizes the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP), a secure, web-based electronic payment and information system that allows federal agencies to administer funds. Currently, ASAP is the only payment source for new NIFA grantees.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

REEport GRANT REPORTING: All grant reporting must be completed using the Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport).

Initial reporting (item a.

below) is to be submitted through the REEport system.

Annual progress and final reporting (items b.

and c.

below) also is to be done through the REEport system.

Information on REEport can be found on NIFA?s web site at https://nifa.usda.gov/tool/reeport and the REEport software can be found at http://portal.nifa.usda.gov.

a. Initial Documentation in the REEport Database-- Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport) All projects must be documented in REEport.

The NIFA contact for all REEport documentation is: REEport National Institute of Food and Agriculture U.S.

Department of Agriculture STOP 2213 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C.

20250-2213 Telephone: (202) 690-0009 E-mail: electronic@nifa.usda.gov b. Annual Progress Reports. All projects must report annually into REEport.

An annual Progress Report is due 90 calendar days after the award?s anniversary date (i.e., one year following the month and day of which the project period begins and each year thereafter up until a final report is required).

An annual Progress Report covers the most recent one-year period.

The following information, when applicable, must be included in the Project Modifications section of the annual Progress Report. 1) A comparison of actual accomplishments with the goals established for the reporting period (where the output of the project can be expressed readily in numbers, a computation of the cost per unit of output should be submitted if the information is considered useful); (2) The reasons for slippage if established goals were not met; and (3) Additional pertinent information including, when appropriate, analysis and explanation of cost overruns or unexpectedly high unit costs. c. Final Technical Report The Final Technical Report is required within 90 calendar days after the expiration or termination of the award.

The Final Technical Report covers the entire period of performance of the award and must describe progress made during the entire timeframe of the project instead of covering accomplishments made only during the final reporting segment of the project.

In addition to supplying the information required under item b.

of this article, the final report must include the following when applicable: Identify equipment purchased with any Federal funds under the award and indicate subsequent use of such equipment. FINANCIAL REPORTING: As outlined in 2 CFR 200.327, the recipient must submit financial status reports by the frequency required in the terms and conditions of the award.

The following are the financial reporting requirements for NIFA. Federal Financial Report, Form SF-425: NIFA uses the SF-425, Federal Financial Report to monitor cash.

A ?Federal Financial Report,? Form SF-425, is due on an annual basis no later than 90 days following the end of the award anniversary date (i.e., one year following the month and day when the project period begins and each year thereafter up until a final report is required).

An annual Progress Report covers the most recent one-year period.

A final ?Federal Financial Report,? Form SF-425, is due 90 days after the expiration date of this award.

The report must be submitted to the Awards Management Division (AMD) as a pdf attachment to an email sent to awards@nifa.usda.gov. If questions are encountered regarding financial reporting requirements, please contact: Awards Management Division (AMD) Office of Grants and Financial Management (OGFM) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) U.S.

Department of Agriculture (USDA) STOP 2271 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-2271 Telephone: (202) 401-4986 SPECIAL NOTES: (1) Refer to the Competitive Requests for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details.

RFAs are generally released annually and provide the most current and accurate information available.

Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. (2) The details of the reporting requirements are included in the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016). (3) Further guidance is provided under 2 CFR Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR Part 400, USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

No cash reports are required.

PROGRESS REPORTS: See above for pertinent and specific details.

EXPENDITURE REPORTS: See above for pertinent and specific details.

PERFORMANCE MONITORING: See above for pertinent and specific details.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.

Records

In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, § 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved. 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-0502-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $4,758,326; FY 17 est $4,770,750; and FY 18 est $4,761,150 - SPECIAL NOTES: (1) The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive and/or capacity project grant, or cooperative agreement are established, these amounts will be announced in the annual Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-safety-outreach-program.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

As an administrator of U.S. government support, NIFA works in partnership with grantees to ensure responsible stewardship of federal funds. Our grantees and partners are required to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The following resources are provided to NIFA?s partners and award recipients to support their adherence to federal regulations governing program performance: NIFA?s primary (main) website: https://nifa.usda.gov/regulations-and-guidelines The following represent specific documents and direct links: POLICY GUIDE NIFA?s Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes agency policies and procedures. https://nifa.usda.gov/policy-guide CERTIFICATIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS Certifications and representations provided through the NIFA application process. https://nifa.usda.gov/certifications-and-representations ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF USDA SUPPORT BY NIFA When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgement for all projects or initiatives supported by NIFA. https://nifa.usda.gov/acknowledgment-usda-support-nifa FEDERAL REGULATIONS The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) lists all regulations published in the Federal Register. https://nifa.usda.gov/federal-regulations FOIA The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal documents and information such as research data. https://nifa.usda.gov/foia NEPA POLICY AND GUIDANCE The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Policy and Guidance set the standard for identifying potential environmental impacts. https://nifa.usda.gov/nepa-policy-and-guidance OGFM ISSUED CORRESPONDENCE The Office of Grants and Financial Management occasionally issues correspondence to applicants, grantees, and/or the general public for informational or clarification purposes. https://nifa.usda.gov/ogfm-issued-correspondence RESEARCH MISCONDUCT NIFA requires that all its awardees adhere to the USDA Scientific Integrity Policy and the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. https://nifa.usda.gov/research-misconduct NIFA?S GENERAL AWARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS Award terms and conditions are determined by statutory, regulatory, and agency requirements, as well as each grant?s circumstances. Terms and conditions dictate important items related to your grant, including method of payment, reporting frequency and content, and prior approval requirements. References to the terms and conditions of awards are located on the NIFA 2009 Award Fact Sheet. NIFA's general award terms and conditions (see link below) is applicable to this program, for awards with an award date on December 26, 2014 and thereafter. https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition (IFSN) 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, STOP 2225, , Washington , District of Columbia 20024 Email: Policy@nifa.usda.gov Phone: (202) 205-0250 Fax: (202) 401-4888

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA?s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-safety-outreach-program.


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