Produce Safety Plan Workshops Offered in February
Fresh produce farmers will have access to help developing their on-farm food safety GAP plans in three locations in Montana in February. These GAP Plan Workshops will be held February 11-12 in Bozeman, 18-19 in Ronan, and 25-26 in Great Falls.
The workshops are designed for fresh produce growers, especially those who are exempt from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule. However, the workshop will be useful to all fresh produce growers, as well as buyers of fresh produce, and educators working with growers of fresh produce.
“The purpose of the workshop is to help growers of vegetables, fruit or nuts through the food safety plan-writing process, and to make it less daunting,” said to Jonda Crosby, one of the workshop leaders. The workshops will be co-led by Nancy Matheson and Crosby.
Farmer participants will leave the workshop with:
• A draft Food Safety Plan for your farm
• Insight into the food safety risks on your farm and ways to mitigate them
• The ability to implement new food safety measures and assure your buyers that food safety is a priority on your farm
• Understanding of the relationship between FSMA and USDA-GAP
Others who will benefit from this on-farm food safety training:
• Produce buyers: learn what food safety measures to expect of your grower suppliers.
• Educators: understand potential on-farm food safety risks so you can help produce growers identify and address them.
The workshop is free for vegetable, fruit and nut crop producers, thanks to funding from the Montana Department of Agriculture and USDA. For non-produce farmers, educators and others taking the course there is a $25 fee to cover the cost of course materials and lunch on both training days.
To register go to: http://lccdc.ecenterdirect.com Select “Training Events” from the drop-down menu then select the location option for the workshop you would like to attend.
- Bozeman – February 11 & 12 at the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
- Ronan – February 18 & 19 at the Mission Mountain Food and Ag Development Center
- Great Falls – February 25 & 26 at the Montana Cooperative Development Center
Day one will be a full day, and day 2 will end around 2:00.
Participants will need to bring a laptop computer. If you don’t have or can’t find one to borrow, contact Jonda Crosby at 406-227-9161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This workshop is funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and is sponsored by the Montana Food and Agriculture Development Network