“With what our guys are doing right now, I don’t think they will have to change very much at all besides having a third-party audit, perhaps,” he said.
He speculated that over time only a few Amish growers might quit growing vegetables rather than put in a third-party audit or enhanced traceability.
Bergefurd said working with Amish growers on production or food safety issues means relying on traditional mail and face-to-face meetings rather than email and web-based seminars.
“It just means going back to traditional extension education,” he said.
Amish growers are trying to do their best to grow a safe product and are prepared to “go through the same hoops” as other growers to find markets for their produce, he said.