“Not Going Viral!” Video by the National Young Farmers Coalition

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The National Young Farmers Coalition released a produce safety video entitled “Not Going Viral!” on its YouTube channel earlier this year. The video spotlights several strategies used by small farmers, including Quail Hill Farm and Rock Steady Farm & Flowers, to ensure the wellbeing of their farm and consumers. 
The video reviews the different types of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that live on farms. Some are good, even essential, but others are dangerous and can affect consumers’ health. It also discusses how Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to mitigate food risk for farmers and consumers, and outlines how following USDA’s food safety guidelines can protect your business, produce, and community.
Watch this video to learn more about how small farms are meeting federal food safety requirements, protecting consumers, and safeguarding family farms.
The National Young Farmers Coalition is a national advocacy network of young farmers fighting for the future of agriculture. They change policy, build networks, and provide business services to ensure all young farmers have the chance to succeed.
If you are unsure whether your produce farm needs to comply with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, watch the CCOF FSMA Basics for Small to Medium Sized Produce Farms webinar or check out the FSMA Basics for Produce Growers blog post