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Good Agricultural Practices workshop set

By Staff | Jan 25, 2016

SHELDON – Iowa State University Extension is offering a Level 1 workshop covering Good Agricultural Practices.

This workshop is important to farmers who sell directly to consumers or are considering expanding to foodservice or other markets.

This one-day training will begin at 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Northwest Iowa Community College, Building A, Room 117, 603 West Park St., in Sheldon.

“Good Agricultural Practices workshops provide farmers with the information they need to ensure their food products are safe when sold to the consumer or retail markets,” said Angela Shaw, professor in food safety and program specialist with ISU Extension. “Because of consumer awareness about food safety, these workshops are essential.”

Level 1 training is for growers who provide food to consumers through community supported agriculture or farmers markets, or are considering retail foodservice sales.

The training covers good agriculture best practices and market considerations.

The workshop, led by Dr. Catherine Strohbehn, ISU Extension state specialist, will include presentations, hands-on activities and small group discussion.

The cost is $55 per person with a discount for attending both the MarketReady workshop on Feb. 2 and this workshop.

Registration for the GAP workshop ends at midnight on Feb. 5.

To register, visit psr.extension.iastate.edu/events/704/register.

The registration fee includes training materials, lunch and refreshments.

Attendees will receive a certificate of completion following the program.

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