NYS Grown & Certified Program Information

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New York State Grown & Certified is the first statewide, multi-faceted food certification program designed to strengthen consumer confidence in New York products, address food product labeling, and assist New York farmers so they can take advantage of the growing market demand for foods locally grown and produced to a higher standard. New York State Grown & Certified is open to New York producers who adhere to the best practices in safe food handling and environmental stewardship. It is currently available to New York State producers or processors (fruits and vegetables, livestock, farmed shellfish, Christmas trees, nursery crops, dairy and egg) who are participating in Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) plans and complete third-party food safety or safe food handling program with annual on-site audits.

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Criteria to meet the standards/eligibility to participate in NYS Grown & Certified include:

Fruit and Vegetable Growers (View Application)

  1. All products marketed under the seal must be grown in New York State; 
  2. Participation in a food safety or safe food handling program with annual on-site audits such as the USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) or Good Handling Practices (GHP) certification or another third-party food handling practices program with annual audits deemed GAP- or GHP equivalent by the Commissioner; and
  3. Completion of Tier 2 or higher in the New York State Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program within three years of admission into the New York State Grown & Certified program.

Dairy Processors (View Application)

  1. Dairy processors must certify that a majority of their milk is (or milk suppliers are) from New York State farms; 
  2. The dairy processing plant must be in compliance with the required Plant Processor Supervisor (PPS) training, and the plant must demonstrate that it participates in a third-party food safety or safe food handling program with annual on-site audits; and
  3. A majority of the dairy processor's milk is from producers (or milk suppliers are producers) that will complete Tier 2 (or higher) in the New York State Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program within three years of admission into the New York State Certified program.

Egg Producers (View Application)

  1. Egg operations must certify that all eggs in New York State Certified are from hens in New York State and are Grade A;
  2. All hens at the laying operation must be vaccinated for salmonella enteritis; and if a separate grading/packaging location is involved, the packaging location must provide documentation demonstrating participation in a third-party food safety or safe egg-handling program that involves an annual on-site audit; and
  3. Completion of Tier 2 or higher in the New York State Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program within three years of admission into the New York State Certified program.

Applications for Other Commodities:

For questions regarding applications or other commodities, email nyscertified@agriculture.ny.gov.