UNL CropWatch Farm Food Safety Workshops Offered Across Nebraska in February and March

UNL CropWatch Farm Food Safety Workshops Offered Across Nebraska in February and March

Jan. 28, 2011

Food safety workshops offered across the state in February and March will help producers meet requirements of new federal legislation.



Training Dates and Sites


Feb. 16 and Feb. 25 -- Lincoln
RSVP by Feb. 9, Lancaster County Extension Office,
444 Cherrycreek Rd., Suite A, Lincoln.

March 2 and March 9 -- Grand Island
RSVP by Feb. 23, Hall County Extension Office,
College Park, 3180 West U.S. Highway 34, Grand Island.

March 10 and March 17 -- Auburn
RSVP by March 3, 4-H Building, Nemaha County
Fairgrounds, Ninth and J streets, Auburn.

March 18 and March 25 -- North Platte
RSVP by March 11, West Central Research and
Extension Center, 402 W. State Farm Rd., North Platte

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

The two-day workshops, offered by UNL Extension, in partnership with the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative and the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Lincoln, Grand Island, Auburn and North Platte.

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.

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.