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Oregon Farm Direct Programs
Overview
Oregon currently offers two state-administered federal nutrition programs providing sales opportunities for farmers selling directly to consumers.   The Farm Direct Nutrition Program (FDNP) distributes approximately $1 million dollars to seniors (identified by Seniors & People with Disabilities Division as of April 1 each year), and families enrolled in the WIC (Women Infants & Children) program. Eligible participants will receive these funds as $4 checks (WIC families receive $20, and each senior client will receive $32), specifically to purchase locally produced fresh fruit and vegetables directly from authorized farmers at farm stands and farmers markets from June 1 to October 31.

Review the Farm Direct Nutrition Program fact sheet to learn more.

In addition, WIC also provides a separate Fruit & Veggie voucher that allows WIC participants to purchase fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables at authorized retailers or from authorized farmers at a farm stand or farmers' markets.  Approximately $8 million dollars worth of $5, $6 or $10 vouchers will be issued to WIC participants annually.  The vouchers are distributed year-round and each voucher is valid for one month.

Review the WIC Fruit & Veggie voucher fact sheet to learn more.

 
Program information for farmers
How do I become an authorized farmer?
To become an authorized farmer and accept Farm Direct (FDNP) checks and/or WIC Fruit & Veggie vouchers, you must own, lease, rent or sharecrop land to grow, cultivate or harvest crops on that land AND grow fresh fruit, vegetables or in Oregon or a bordering county to sell at your farm stand or at a farmers market.

Farmers must fill out and sign an application with the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and complete a mandatory training coordinated by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to enroll.  To request an application packet contact the Oregon Department of Agriculture with your name, farm name, mailing address and telephone number by E-mail or call 503-872-6600.

If you are currently authorized and want to add either the Farm Direct (FDNP) checks or the WIC Fruit & Veggie voucher programs you must contact the Oregon Department of Agriculture by E-mail or calling 503-872-6600 to update your application. 

Compare Farm Direct (FDNP) checks with WIC Fruit & Veggie vouchers 


All previous year participants were authorized for one, two or three year terms in 2010, as ODA and OHA transition to three-year terms for farmer authorizations.  All previous particpants have been contacted by ODA via e-mail or regular mail to ensure their authorizations are current.  If you participated in 2010 and are not sure if your authorizaiton is current please E-mail your name, farm name, mailing address and telephone number or call the ODA at 503-872-6600.
 
Program Deadlines
To accept Farm Direct checks you must complete your application by October 1 and receive confirmation of your authorization from the State by October 31.

Farmers Guide
This guide provides information about the Farm Direct programs to authorized farmers.
 
Farm Direct Nutrition Program and WIC Fruit & Veggie Program Farmer Guide (2.8 MB pdf)

Farmer friendly banks and credit unions
With the assistance of the Oregon Banker's Association and the Credit Union Association of Oregon, we do outreach to banks and credit unions to encourage them to waive normal processing fees for their Farm Direct authorized farmer customers who bring in Farm Direct Nutrition Program checks or WIC Fruit & Veggie vouchers.  Farmers are encouraged to communicate with their financial institutions and provide them with a Banks and Credit Unions Frequently Asked Questions information sheet.

 
List of participating farm stands and farmers markets
Search the Farm Direct Nutrition Program WIC Shopper Guide for farm stands and farmers markets with authorized vendors who can accept your Farm Direct checks and/or WIC Fruit & Veggie vouchers. 
Download the Farm Direct Nutrition Program WIC Shopper Guide (pdf) to print a statewide list of farm stands and farmers markets with authorized vendors.  This list is updated daily.

 
Contact information for WIC and senior participants
Women, Infants and Children
If you have questions regarding WIC participation, please call your local WIC clinic or
1-800-SAFENET (1-800-723-3638).

Senior participants
If you have questions regarding senior eligibility or check distribution,  please call Oregon Health Authority at 1-866-299-3562.