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Farm Food Safety Workshop planned in April

David Ostdiek
Panhandle Research and Extension Center

A Food Safety Workshop in Box Butte County in April will help producers meet requirements of new federal legislation.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in January, requires producers to evaluate potential hazards to their products, create measures to prevent contamination and to develop written food safety plans.

The two-day workshop, offered by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, in partnership with the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative and the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, is scheduled for April 14 and 21 in Alliance, Neb.

The reservation deadline is April 7. Training will take place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days at the Box Butte County Extension Office, 415 Black Hills Ave.

UNL Extension educators will teach the workshops. Workshops will help fresh produce growers complete the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) training.

At the end of the workshops, participating producers will understand GAPs and have parts of their own farm food safety plans developed.

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The topics covered will help producers enhance worker sanitation, harvesting, handling, packaging, storage and transportation standards of fresh produce from the farm operation to markets, schools, restaurants and retail stores.

By completing a farm food safety plan, producers can differentiate themselves in the marketplace and appeal to many consumers who perceive this training as an added benefit.

All educational materials and costs of the workshops are provided through a Rural Business Enterprise Grant from USDA Rural Development that was received by the Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society in partnership with the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative.

Reservations are required to participate in the training workshops. To register, contact the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative by e-mailing gaps@unl.edu or calling (402) 472-2940. Online registration is also available at http://ruralinitiative.nebraska.edu by clicking on the GAPs Training link under Announcements and following instructions on the page.