Do I need an Inspection? How to meet inspection requirements for produce, plants, and other plant products in Kansas
By Natalie Fullerton
Currently in the state of Kansas, minimal inspection requirements are needed for specialty crops to be sold within the state. Inspections are necessary once some products are processed, or shipped out of state, to mitigate the spread of harmful pests or diseases. For processed food and beverages, inspections become necessary to assure products meet safety guidelines set by state and federal standards. Farms that choose to become certified for a particular practice may also be inspected to verify those practices meet the guidelines set by the certifying program. This guide briefly explains when an inspection is required and provides the information needed to fulfill an inspection.
When is an inspection required?
According to the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), you may be subject to an inspection if you:
• Are an orchard or nursery
• Sell at farmers markets
• Sell or deliver live plants
• Are certified organic or certified for other practices
• Grow or process fruits or vegetables
• Operate a commercial kitchen
• Produce and bottle wine, beer, or cider
To access a resource document with more information about inspection needs and contacts, CLICK HERE to print or download the Kansas Rural Center’s Inspection Requirements for Plant Products in Kansas.
This resource document is an excerpt from Finding Your Niche, A Marketing Guide for Kansas Farms, published in January 2013 by the Kansas Rural Center. You may CLICK HERE to view the guide’s full Table of Contents and print or download other resource documents. Finding Your Niche: A Marketing Guide for Kansas Farms offers a great starting point for envisioning the potential your farm has to increase and respond to local demand.
To receive a printed and bound copy of the 200+ page guide, please order here or contact the Kansas Rural Center at 785-873-3431. A limited number of copies are available for a suggested fee of $25 to help cover printing, shipping and handling costs.