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MSU Extension hosts Good Agricultural Practices workshop for produce growers

August 28, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Montana State University Extension will co-sponsor a free Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) workshop for trainers, educators and producers, running Sept. 9-11 in Bozeman. GAP for Produce is a food safety initiative and some food vendors are requiring Montana producers to have a farm food safety plan and/or be GAP certified. 

Featuring national GAP program trainers Betsy Bihn and Gretchen Wall of Product Safety Alliance at Cornell University, the workshop will help produce growers and GAP trainers understand food safety risks on the farm, how to conduct a risk assessment of their farm and how to develop a written farm food safety plan. Day three of the workshop will be a train-the-trainer session with in-depth subject matter related to GAP and the Food Safety Modernization Act. 

The free workshop will be held at Bobcat Stadium, up on the second floor. Registration deadline is Sept. 3. Although certification is not available for this training, producers and educators are encouraged to attend since Montana certification training may not occur until 2016-17. 

A room block at the Bozeman Comfort Inn has been reserved for participants booking by Sept. 1. Some travel reimbursement will be available from program sponsors.

Contact: Lynn Paul, MSU Extension food and nutrition specialist, (406) 994-5696, lpaul@montana.edu or Brent Sarchet, MSU Extension agent, Lewis & Clark County, (406) 447-8346, bsarchet@lccountymt.gov.