Although many people feel that the USDA quality verification requirements are too strict, these have been put in place to guarantee the health and safety of the consumer, which includes each and everyone of us. It can sometimes feel like we, as farmers, have to jump through hoops just to bring our harvest to market.
The red tape may seem overwhelming at first but there are agencies which can assist you in filling in the forms and explaining exactly what you need to do to sell your products to the general public. Knowing that your farm and crops come up to the high standards is not only better for your wallet in the long term; it gives your farm the seal of approval, thus making your farm more valuable if you choose to sell in the future.
Quality approval means that you are producing high standard produce which is testimony to the fact that your products are of superior quality. These are the types of information a bank would need to see if you had to loan money for new equipment or other major investments. The bank will see that you have the skills it takes to achieve a level of excellence at your farm and through farming activities.