- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has been awarded $500,000 to create a program to ensure the safety of produce grown and sold in the state.

The money from the federal Food and Drug Administration is expected to be the first round of more than $3.5 million in similar funding during the next five years.

The money is to be used to establish a produce safety program, support education of farmers and develop an inspection program.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says the twin aims are to protect consumer health and help Vermont produce growers succeed in the marketplace.

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