Program Overview

Farm friendly legislation, House Bill 391, allows 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.

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Homebased Processors (HBP) may produce and sell any of the following lower-risk products: 

  • Cut fruits and vegetables
  • Prepackaged mixed greens
  • Dried fruits, vegetables, nuts, and herbs
  • James, jelllies, preserves, fruit butters, maple syrup, and sorghum 
  • Breads, cakes, pies, and cookies that contain a fruit, vegetable, nut, or herb grown by the processor 

Homebased Microprocessors (HBM) are permitted to sell higher-risk, shelf-stable high acid or low acid foods, including: 

  • Pressure canned vegetables
  • Picked fruits and vegetables
  • Tomatoes and tomato products
  • Salsa
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Pepper or herb jellies
  • Herbal vinegars
  • Low- or no-sugar jams and jellies 

Certification Requirements 

Homebased Processor (HBP)

  1. Request an Application for Registration as a Homebased Processor by contacting the Food Safety Branch at 502-564-7181.
  2. Follow Labeling Requirements.
  3. No fee
  4. No recipe approval needed.

Homebased Microprocessor (HBM)

  1. Attend a Homebased Microprocessor workshop.
    1. View the schedule and register online at the Homebased Processing & Microprocessing site, by email at or by calling 859-257-1812.
    2. Please send $50 registration fee to: 
      Dr. Sandra Bastin
      206 Funkhouser Building
      University of Kentucky
      Lexington, KY 40506-0054
      Make checks payable to the University of Kentucky.
    3. Pass both tests to succesfully complete the training. 
    4. Photocopy your workshop certificate for your HBM application packet. 
  2. Get recipes approved for ALL products you plan to process. 
    1. Submit each recipe with a $5.00 fee per recipe to:
      Dr. Sandra Bastin
      206 Funkhouser Building
      University of Kentucky
      Lexington, KY 40506-0054
      Make checks payable to the University of Kentucky.
    2. Make a photocopy of each approved recipe.
    3. Each recipe must have a draft label. Attach to the appropriate approved recipe. 
  3. Complete the Homebased Microprocessor Application and include:
    1. Copy of workshop certificate.
    2. Copy of each approved recipe.
    3. Copy of draft label for each product
    4. $50.00 certification fee.
    5. Sign and date the application. Send to:
      Department of Public Health, Food Safety Branch
      275 East Main St., HS 1C-F
      Frankfort, KY 40621

Step-by-step Towards HBM Certification

To learn more, visit Homebased Processing and Microprocessing.

A collaborative effort between the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, the Kentucky Department of Public Health, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Kentucky Farm Bureau.