Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Workshops to be offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

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. These one-day workshops are important for growers who want to better understand how GAP certification can be used to meet buyer requirements for food safety.  The key instructors will be Dr. Angela Shaw, Dr. Paul Domoto, Dr. Catherine Strohbehn and Linda Naeve.

The course descriptions for both levels are as follows:

Level 1 KNOW: farmers who provide food direct to consumers through community–supported agriculture (CSA) or farmers’ markets or considering retail foodservice sales will be trained in good agriculture best practices and market considerations.

Level 2 SHOW: farmers are those considering sales to retail foodservices, such as grocers, restaurants, hospitals, and other institutions, and those interested in adding value to fresh produce and selling products in a convenience form.  Those completing this workshop will have the “bones” of their farm’s written food safety plan in place to demonstrate GAPs are in place and provide food safety assurances to buyers.

The workshop schedule for 2013 is shown below. The fee is $25 per workshop with discounts for farms and multiple level participation. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion following the program.  To Register online: http://bit.ly/12sLsxE If you have questions or would like to book a date, please contact Heather Snyder at 515-294-9020 or email at hsnyder@iastate.edu.

Date

Level

Location

Deadline

Sept. 24th

1

Johnson County Extension Office ( 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City)

Sept. 17th

Sept. 26th

1

Hawkeye Community College (Campus 1501 East Orange Road Waterloo, Iowa)

Sept. 19th

Oct. 1st

2

Johnson County Extension Office ( 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City)

Sept. 24th

Oct. 3rd

1

Dubuque County Extension Office (14858 W Ridge Ln, Dubuque, IA)

Sept. 26th

Oct. 8th

1

Polk County Extension Office (1625 Adventureland Dr  Altoona, IA)

Oct. 1st

Oct. 15th

2

Adventureland Resort, Iowa Room 1&2 (305 34th Ave NW  Altoona, IA)

Oct. 8th

Oct. 17th

2

Hawkeye Community College (Campus 1501 East Orange Road Waterloo, Iowa)

Oct. 10th

Oct. 24th

2

Dubuque County Extension Office

Oct. 17th

Nov. 12th

1

Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Rd Council Bluffs

Nov. 5th

Nov. 21st

2

Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Rd Council Bluffs

Nov. 14th

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