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Indiana State Department of Health

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Information and Registration for Growers
Registration of farms is a requirement but does not necessarily indicate they are in compliance with any other regulations or guidance for the wholesale distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables intended to be consumed in that form. The registration is required to distribute theses products in Indiana.   

Fact Sheet for Producers

Territory Map Farm Food Safety Consultants

Registered Fruit and Vegetable Growers and Distributors

Registration Form for Farmers

Educational Information

GAPs A to Z Training Available Online - (Liz Maynard, - Purdue’s Good Agriculture Practices A to Z training is available as an online course. Individuals may take the course from their own broad-band connected computer. The course meets current requirements of the Indiana State Department of Health for training in Good Agricultural Practices that is required of fruit and vegetable producers who sell fresh produce to groceries, restaurants, institutions, and other buyers who are not the end consumer. Individuals who take the course and complete online assessments successfully will receive a certificate to document that they have taken the course. The cost of the course is $30. Individuals may register for the course at This course is based on GAPs A to Z workshops Purdue has offered around the state and in webinars over the last three years. Course participants view recorded presentations about health and hygiene, water, animals and animal products, sanitation on the farm, documentation and recordkeeping, and farm food safety plans. In order to receive a course certificate, participants must answer assessment questions at the end of each topic and get at least 90% correct. Participants can watch presentations and retake assessments as many times as necessary. Access to course materials expires after three months. If the course isn’t completed within three months of registration, participants will have to reregister and repay for the course. For more information about the online course, contact Scott Monroe at or 765-427-9910. For more information about the ISDH registration and training requirement for wholesale fruit and vegetable producers, visit or contact an ISDH Farm Food Safety Consultant at 317-234-8569.

To find a farmers market near you, check out USDA's Farmers Markets Directory.

Listeria Fact Sheet

Packing Shed Fact Sheet

Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines: Cantaloupe

Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines: Tomatoes

Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines: Watermelon

Outbreaks related to produce

Food Pathogen Overview

Bad Bug Book

Letter to the Cantaloupe Industry on Produce Safety (Feb. 2013)

Links for Growers and Consumers

Bee health 2013

Link to Farm to School Network Newsletters

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Map

The Education Store - Purdue Extension

State Requirements for Products

Market Guide - Non-Animal Products

Market Guide - Animal Products

Indiana Guide - Exempt from Processing Requirements

FDA Produce Safety Activities

Produce Rule comment period extended to May 15, 2014

FSMA FACTS - Resources for Produce Farmers