6:15 a.m. Check out the docket for the produce safety rule. More than 35 comments have been received so far and that number will mushroom in the weeks ahead.
Showing considerable apprehension, one small grower writes:
My wife and I run a very small farm raising salad type produce (lettuce, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes) for the farmers market and a farm to school program. We gross about $40,000 annually and get to keep about $4,000 to $5,000/year. It has been estimated that to implement your rules and regs would cost us approximately $13,000 a year. This estimation was made by a trade magazine we read called "Inside Grower", a publication by Ball Publications. With all the talk and push for "locally grown and Healthy food", by Mrs Obama, how can you justify putting us out of business? That is what $13,000 plus fines (as we know there will always be something for an inspector to find wrong) will do to us. I enjoyed the loyalty I've built up over the years but this closes that door for us.
TK: More worries ahead for the large and small grower alike for the produce safety rule..