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AGRICULTURE

Fruit, vegetable growers workshops set

Sep 12, 2013

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, through a grant funded by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, will conduct Level 1 and Level 2 GAP Workshops for fruit and vegetable producers in this fall.

The one-day workshops are for growers who want to better understand how GAP-certification can be used to meet buyer requirements for food safety.

In the Level 1 courses, farmers who provide food direct to consumers through community-supported agriculture or farmers’ markets or those considering retail foodservice sales will be trained in good agriculture best practices and market considerations.

Level 2 courses are for farmers considering sales to retail foodservices, such as grocers, restaurants, hospitals and other institutions, and those interested in adding value to fresh produce and selling products in a convenience form. Those completing the workshop will have the “bones” of their farm’s written food safety plan in place to demonstrate GAPs are in place and provide food safety assurances to buyers.

The key instructors will be Angela Shaw, Paul Domoto, Catherine Strohbehn, Linda Naever and Heather Snyder.

The fee is $25 per workshop, with discounts for farms and multiple-level participation. Attendees will receive a certificate from USDA and ISU of completion.

For information about the On-Farm Food Safety Training courses and registration, go to http://bit.ly/12sLsxE. The registration deadline for the first class is Tuesday.

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