Agenda Topics to be covered: • FMNP Funding • Requirements for FMNP • Redemption Process
Funding SENIOR FMNP • 2014 USDA Grant unknown • 2013 USDA Grant • $305,982 • Senior benefit $28.00 WIC FMNP • 2014 USDA Grant unknown 2013 USDA Grant $179,640 • WIC benefit $20.00
Farmer Requirements • Participating farmers in the program must: • Be member of an approved FMNP farmers’ market • Be a KY proud member • Attend training each year • Accept checks only for locally grown fruits and vegetables • Sign the participation guidelines
Rules - 1 • SrFMNP: Checks are good for fresh locally grown produce and honey. Locally grown produce is defined as produce grown in Kentucky orwithin 50 miles from Kentucky border. • WIC FMNP: Checks are good for fresh locally grown produce. Locally grown is defined as fruits, vegetables and herbs grown within Kentucky borders.Foods purchased from an auction is not allowable. • See “Eligible Kentucky Foods” for list. • No meats, eggs, cheese, jams, jellies, plant material, flowers, etc.; however, these products are great for adding to the market’s offering, simply take other forms of payment.
Eligible Kentucky Foods - 1 • Eggplant • Grapes • Greens (collards, kale, mustard, spinach, swiss chard, turnip) • Green Onions • Honey—only allowable in SrFMNP • Kohlrabi • Lettuce • Melons (muskmelon, honeydew, cantaloupe) • Mushrooms (shiitake, oyster, morel, etc.) • Okra • Onions • Parsnips • Pawpaws • Peaches • Pears • Peas (snow peas, sugar snap) • Peppers (hot and sweet) • Apples • Asparagus • Beans (green) • Beets • Blackberries (thornless & thorny) • Blueberries • Broccoli • Brussels Sprouts • Cabbage (red, green, savoy, chinese) • Carrots • Cauliflower • Cherries • Sweet Corn • Cucumbers • Edamame Soybeans
Eligible Kentucky Foods - 2 • Cooking herbs (fresh, cut): • Basil • Borage • Chives • Cilantro • Dill • Epazote • Fennel • Garlic • Marjoram • Mint • Oregano • Parsley • Rosemary • Sage • Savory • Shiso • Sorrel • Tarragon • Thyme • Plums • Potatoes • Pumpkins • Radishes • Raspberries • Rhubarb • Strawberries • Summer squash (yellow, zucchini, patty pan) • Sweet potatoes • Tomatoes • Turnips • Watermelons • Winter Squash (acorn, butternut, spaghetti, kabocha)
Ineligible Foods • “Non-locally” grown products may not be purchased with FMNP checks. Examples include citrus products such as oranges, mangoes, lemons, and limes; bananas, and pineapples. Medicinal Herbs and others such as aloe, lamb’s ear, catnip, rue, white sage, lavendar, echinacea, bee balm, chamomile, St Johnswort are not eligible for purchase with checks.
Rules • A Farmer cannot exclusively sell produce grown by someone else. All markets have different rules, RULES can be more strict according to your market rules, but may not be more lenient when accepting FMNP benefits.
Rules • No change given for checks • Participants must purchase produce in the amount of the checks • No sales tax • Kentucky has a sales tax exemption on the purchase of food
Rules • Checks valid only at authorized FMNP markets This includes your farm! It is not an authorized location. Not all Kentucky farmers’ markets are in FMNP. • Only authorized farmers within approved markets Not all farmers in a market have to accept FMNP.
Rules • Display sign showing you accept FMNP checks • This is in order for participants to find you to spend their checks.
Rules • Offer FMNP participants the same courtesies as other market customers • Provide eligible foods at the current price or lower than the current price charged to other customers • Display prices and how product is sold (by pound, container, by bunch, etc.)
Rule Enforcement • USDA mandates 10% of markets and 10% of farmers are reviewed • Market Site Visits • Review of Market • Review of Farmers • Anonymous compliance buys • Violations can result in farmer and/or market being terminated from FMNP
Minor Violations And Penalties Penalties for Minor offenses: First violation - verbal or written reprimand Second violation - Move to “at-risk” classification and written warning Third violation - Suspension of right to redeem checks for the remaining of the season • Minor Violations • Failure to post signage at the market • Failure to open during published times and days
Major violations and Penalties • Major Violations • Selling at off-market site • Selling non-eligible products • Buying Checks • Accepting checks when on suspension Penalties for Major Violations • First Violation - Suspension of right to redeem checks for 30 days during FMNP season. If there is less than 30 days remaining in the season when violation is committed, days remaining will continue in the following FMNP season. • Second Violation - Farmer becomes ineligible for the program. • State Agency has the right to carry over major/minor violations from year to year.
Civil Rights Compliance KDA Title VI Coordinator is responsible for immediately notifying USDA-FNS of farmer and market discrimination complaints received by KDA: • KDA Title VI Coordinator500 Mero Street, 7th FloorFrankfort, KY 40601 Farmers and participants may also contact USDA directly: • USDADirector, Office of Civil RightsRoom 362-W, Whitten Building1400 Independence Avenue, SWWashington, DC 20250-9410 Also note that as a farmer or farmers’ market participating in the FMNP program you must adhere to the federal regulations for nondiscrimination.
Stamps WIC FMNP stamp • WIC FMNP • A farmer must have a WIC stamp for each market he works in. • SENIOR FMNP • A farmer has only one stamp for SrFMNP, regardless the number of markets he works in. Senior FMNP Stamp 700100
FMNP SENIOR CHECK 2013 6/01/13 • Get Customer Signature • Stamp check with the farmer identifier. If stamp is unclear, stamp it again. • Endorse Senior Check on Back Side • Deposit in Your Bank November 4, 2013 10/25/13 Stamp check here
FMNP WIC CHECK Stamp check here • Get Customer Signature • Write in Date check is used in the date redeemed box. • Stamp check with the farmer identifier. If stamp is unclear on a WIC check, contact local health department. • Endorse WIC Check on Back Side • Deposit in Your Bank
Deadlines SENIOR FMNP • April 21, 2014 Senior Participation Guidelines Due to KY Dept. of Ag. • October 25, 2014 Last day to accept checks • November 4, 2014 Final day to deposit checks for Senior FMNP WIC FMNP • April 21, 2014 WIC Agreements Due • October 31, 2014 Last day to accept checks • November 15, 2014 Final day to deposit checks for WIC FMNP
For More Information Kentucky Department of Agriculture Division of Food Distribution 107 Corporate Drive Frankfort, KY 40601 502-573-0282 www.kyagr.com Senior FMNP • Jessica P. Hinkle, email@example.com (502) 573-0282 or (502)229-2299 WIC FMNP • Beverly Salchli, firstname.lastname@example.org 502-564-3827 ext. 4328 Farmers’ Market Development • Sharon Spencer, email@example.com 502-564-4983 Return to FMNP Page