Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, through a grant funded by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, will conduct Level 1 and Level 2 GAP workshops for fruit and vegetable producers in the fall of 2013. This program is based on the USDA recommendations for safe produce production.
These one-day workshops are important for growers who want to better understand how GAPs can be used to meet buyers' food safety requirements. The training will provide assistance in writing and implementing GAPs for those interested in both wholesale and direct marketing. The key instructors will be Dr. Angela Shaw, Dr. Paul Domoto, Dr. Catherine Strohbehn and Linda Naeve.
Topics for Level 1 include: basics of GAP, bacterial concerns, water quality issues, composting and pest control. Topics for level 2 include: marketing considerations and writing a food safety plan.
Level one workshop will be held at Hawkeye Community College on September 26, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration deadline is September 19, 2013. Level two workshop will again be held October 17, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and registration deadline is October 10, 2013.Workshops begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.
Register by mail or online at http://bit1y/12sLsxE
Please contact Grundy County Extension & Outreach for more information at 319-824-6979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.