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Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

If you are interested in developing a Food Safety Plan for your farm, a Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop will be held on Thursday, April 5 from 1-6 pm at the Winona County Office Building in Winona, Minnesota. The cost of the workshop is $40. Even if you’re not required to go through a GAPs audit, having a good hygiene and sanitation plan in place can be good for your business.

Farmers who are currently selling or donating fresh produce will benefit from this hands-on, interactive workshop. You will receive assistance in creating your own farm Food Safety Plan. Learn about best management practices for food safety relating to safe use of compost/manure, managing produce rinse water, safe post harvesting handling, sanitizing harvest containers and tools, and more. You will also receive flash drive pre-loaded with a food safety plan template that you will tailor to your own situation, log sheets, supporting documents, how-to videos, and a short employee training video.

You must pre-register for this workshop. For registration materials contact Marilyn Johnson, MFVGA, 763-434-0400 or e-mail mfvga@msn.com. For workshop questions contact Annalisa Hultberg 612-625-1951 or Jake Overgaard, Extension Educator, Ag Production Systems, Winona County 507-457-6440.

This event is sponsored by Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture/USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, Winona County Extension, and University of Minnesota SE Regional Partnership/ERC.

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