University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Homebased Processing and Microprocessing

The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services are partnering to support farm friendly legislation.  House Bill 391 and Farmers Market Legislation allow Kentucky farmers who grow and harvest produce to process value-added products and sell them from designated farmers markets, certified roadside stands and the processor’s farm.  There are two processing categories in HB 391, Homebased Processor and Homebased Microprocessor.  To qualify under either program, the final product must contain a primary or predominant ingredient which is a fruit, vegetable, nut or herb that is grown by the farmer in Kentucky.

Homebased Processors may produce and sell low risk products such as jams, jellies, syrups, baked goods, and dried fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs.  There is no fee associated with becoming a Homebased Processor, but annual registration with the Cabinet for Health Services is required and labeling rules must be followed.  Information and application forms are available from Jeff Lunsford at the Food Safety Branch, 502-564-7181 or jeff.lunsford@ky.gov.

Homebased Microprocessors may sell higher risk products such as canned tomatoes, pickled fruits and vegetables, salsa, barbecue sauce, pepper or herb jellies, herbal vinegars, low- and no-sugar jams and jellies, and pressure-canned vegetables.  The first step to becoming certified as a Homebased Microprocessor is to attend a Homebased Microprocessor (HBM) workshop presented by the University of Kentucky.  To complete the workshop, farmers must pay the $50.00 workshop registration fee, attend the entire workshop, and pass both exams, as established by HB 391 regulations.  Next, recipes for all products to be sold under the program must be submitted to the University of Kentucky for approval, at a fee of $5.00 per recipe.  Proof of workshop completion, approved recipes, and draft labels for all products are then attached to the application for HBM certification and sent to the Cabinet for Health Services, along with a $50.00 certification fee.  Once full HBM certification is received from the Cabinet for Health Services, it is up to the processor to follow approved recipes and recommended safe canning procedures in producing their value-added products.  Questions should be directed to Debbie Clouthier at 859-257-1812 or debbie.clouthier@uky.edu.

HBM Brochure (PDF)
Step-By-Step Towards HBM Certification (PDF)
Labeling Requirements (PDF)
HBM Recipe Form (PDF) | Submit HBM Recipe Form online
Homebased Microprocessor Application (PDF)
Homebased Processor Application (PDF)
Farmers Market Regulations HB 391 (PDF)
Food Manufacturing Inspector Areas (PDF)

HBM workshops for 2015 are listed below. Farmers may register online, by email at debbie.clouthier@uky.edu, or by calling 859-257-1812.

Please send $50 workshop registration fee to:
Dr. Sandra Bastin
206 Funkhouser Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0054
Make checks payable to the University of Kentucky

February 3, 2015
Homebased Microprocessor Videotaped Workshop
9:30 to 3:30 ET
$50 registration fee
Woodford County Extension Office, Versailles KY

March 2, 2015
Homebased Microprocessor Videotaped Workshop
9:30 to 3:30 ET
$50 registration fee
Mercer County Extension Office, Harrodsburg KY

March 4, 2015
Homebased Microprocessor Videotaped Workshop
9:30 to 3:30 ET
$50 registration fee
Whitley County Extension Office, Williamsburg KY

March 10, 2015
Homebased Microprocessor Videotaped Workshop
9:30 to 3:30 CT
$50 registration fee
Henderson County Extension Office, Henderson KY

March 12, 2015
Homebased Microprocessor Videotaped Workshop
9:30 to 3:30 CT
$50 registration fee
Christian County Extension Office, Hopkinsville KY

March 19, 2015
Homebased Microprocessor Videotaped Workshop
9:30 to 3:30 ET
$50 registration fee
Clark County Extension Office, Winchester KY

March 20, 2015
Homebased Microprocessor Videotaped Workshop
9:30 to 3:30 ET
$50 registration fee
Meade County Extension Office, Brandenburg KY

March 25, 2015
Homebased Microprocessor Videotaped Workshop
9:30 to 3:30 CT
$50 registration fee
Lyon County Extension Office, Eddyville KY

March 26, 2015
Homebased Microprocessor Videotaped Workshop
9:30 to 3:30 ET
$50 registration fee
Greenup County Extension Office, Wurtland KY

April 2, 2015
Homebased Microprocessor Videotaped Workshop
9:30 to 3:30 ET
$50 registration fee
Henry County Extension Office, New Castle KY

April 9, 2015
Homebased Microprocessor Videotaped Workshop
9:30 to 3:30 CT
$50 registration fee
McLean County Extension Office, Calhoun KY

April 22, 2015
Homebased Microprocessor Videotaped Workshop
9:30 to 3:30 ET
$50 registration fee
Wolfe County Extension Office, Campton KY

April 27, 2015
Homebased Microprocessor Videotaped Workshop
9:30 to 3:30 CT
$50 registration fee
Caldwell County Extension Office, Princeton KY

April 28, 2015
Homebased Microprocessor Videotaped Workshop
9:30 to 3:30 ET
$50 registration fee
Johnson County Extension Office, Paintsville KY

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