by Elena Byrne

The Artisan Grain Collaborative (AGC) and the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School are pleased to share a new guide for food-grade grain farmers and processors. Titled, “Understanding FSMA’s Preventive Controls Rule: A Guide for Grain Businesses,” the guide breaks down complicated federal food safety regulations related to the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule (PCR). It aims to help farmers and processors identify which food safety requirements apply to their particular operations, and assist them in understanding what they need to do to comply as they work to build local and regional food systems.

Available at, the guide includes:

  • Background information on the evolution of regional grain sheds and key terminology;
  • A flowchart to help grain farms and businesses determine what type of entity category they fall into according to the regulatory language;
  • Information specific to farms, processing facilities, retail food establishments, and restaurants;
  • Information about how the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule applies to various entities that process grains; and
  • A discussion of how particular activities fit within the rule

The guide is available at In the coming months the Artisan Grain Collaborative hopes to host webinars and other opportunities to learn more about these issues; follow us on social media (CAFS @cafscenter, and the AGC on Twitter/Facebook @graincollab and Instagram @artisangraincollab), for the latest updates. Thanks!

Funded by the National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.