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Penn State Extension has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on a new, voluntary program to conduct informal farm evaluations for food safety. On-Farm Readiness Reviews are opportunities for produce growers to have their operations appraised by FSMA Produce Safety Rule experts. The reviews, which take about four hours, are conducted to identify areas for improvement to help farmers prepare for actual FSMA Produce Safety Rule inspections once compliance dates are reached. Produce growers can have their preharvest, harvest, and post-harvest conditions and practices evaluated, assess what they are doing well, and identify areas for improvement in food safety practices on their farms. Extension educators and state Department of Agriculture inspectors already have completed 30 such reviews this year and currently have more than 60 scheduled.