Helena, Mont. – Fresh produce farmers will receive training and help developing their on-farm food safety Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) plans in three locations throughout Montana this March. The On-Farm Food Safety GAP Workshops will guide participants through the plan writing process. The workshops will be led by food safety experts Nancy Matheson, David Wise, and Jonda Crosby, and will be held March 2-3 in Billings, March 6-7 in Corvallis and March 9-10 in Kalispell.
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, buyers, and educators. The workshop is no-cost for specialty crop producers. For others taking the course, there is a $25 fee to cover the cost of course materials and lunch on both training days.
“Food safety and security has become a high priority for consumers,” says Betsy Miller, Food Safety Coordinator for the Montana Department of Agriculture. “These workshops will provide tools and guidance so growers can create a food safety plan that works for their farm.”
More than 85% of participants drafted a food safety plan while attending this training in 2016. Other topics covered during the workshop include:
To register go to: http://lccdc.ecenterdirect.com, then select the location option for the workshop you would like to attend.
Day one will begin at 9:30 am and end at 4pm, and day 2 will begin at 9am and end at 2pm.
This workshop is funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and is sponsored by the Montana Food and Agriculture Development Network, Montana Farmers Union and the Montana Department of Agriculture.
The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. For more information about food safety in Montana, visit foodsafety.mt.gov.