The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has announced a free training session for produce growers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Baymont Inn & Suites, 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan.
“Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety should attend,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “Attending a session will satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement that requires at least one supervisor or responsible party on a farm to complete food safety training recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.”
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There will be a one-hour break for attendees to leave for lunch at the session.
Topics to be covered at the session include introduction to produce safety, worker health, hygiene and training, soil amendments, wildlife, domesticated animals and land use, agricultural water, postharvest handling and sanitation, how to develop a farm food safety plan, in addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements.
There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.