Governor Wolf announced Monday that Pennsylvania's produce growers will receive assistance in meeting the FDA's expectations under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The state's Department of Agriculture was awarded a $6.3 million grant.

The funding is spread across five years and will give the department resources to implement a produce safety system and several other programs, according to officials.

The cooperative agreement comes after the development of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, which establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption, according to officials.

Pennsylvania was one of 42 states to receive a portion of the $21.8 million in total funding.