2015 Maryland GAP Food Safety Trainings
Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and University of Maryland Extension (UME) will be conducting a series of regional food safety training workshops for fruit and vegetable producers.
These one-day workshops (four beginner and one advanced), are important for small- and large- scale producers who want to understand how to meet current and proposed U.S. Food and Drug Administration food safety requirements and meet buyer requirements for GAP certification. The training will provide education on food safety topics as well as assistance in writing and implementing a farm food safety plan for both wholesale growers and direct marketers, regardless of whether a certification is needed.
Topics to be covered include: highlights of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act; Good Agricultural Practices such as addressing pre-harvest and post-harvest issues; cleaning and sanitation of equipment; writing a food safety plan; and MDA/University of Maryland programs to assist producers in implementing GAP. A large portion of the training will be spent helping producers write their own food safety plans. Producers are encouraged to bring their own personal laptops. Laptops will also be provided to those who cannot bring them.
The workshop schedule for 2015 is as follows. Each workshop will take place from 8:30am to 4pm. The fee for the program will be $25.00, and will cover lunch costs and materials provided to each participant. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation following the program. Registration will be limited to 25 participants per training.
If you have questions or encounter difficulties registering online, please contact the organizer for the specific location. Registration is required to ensure adequate materials are available.
March 12, 2015. Southern Maryland GAP training.
St. Mary’s Ag. Services Center, 26737 Radio Station Way, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Please contact Ben Beale, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-475-4481.
March 17, 2015. Lower Eastern Shore GAP training.
Wicomico County Extension Office, 28647 Old Quantico Rd, Salisbury, MD 21801.
Please contact Jarrod Miller, email@example.com, 410-651-1350.
March 18, 2015. Central Maryland GAP training.
Carroll County Extension Office, 700 Agricultural Center Dr., Westminster, MD 21157.
Please contact Bryan Butler, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-386-2760.
March 25, 2015. Beginner Workshop. Western MD GAP training.
Washington County Extension Office, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713.
Please contact Leslie Hart, email@example.com, 301-432-4782.
Advanced Food Safety Training
March 20, 2015. For growers who are already GAP certified.
Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Please contact Sherry Weygant, Sherry.Weygant@maryland.gov, 410-841-5769.
The purpose of these trainings are to prepare growers for GAP certification. MDA offers two GAP certification programs for fruit and vegetable producers. Nationally-recognized USDA GAP/GHP and USDA Harmonized GAP pre-harvest and post-harvest certification is provided through a cooperative agreement with USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service and meets the requirements of many wholesale buyers. USDA audit fees may be cost-shared using specialty crop grant funding. MDA GAP certification is geared toward direct marketers or others that want to start with a basic food safety program, and is available to Maryland fruit and vegetable producers at no cost. For more information on these programs, contact Deanna Baldwin with the Maryland Department of Agriculture at Deanna.firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-841-5769 or Donna Pahl with University of Maryland at email@example.com or 410-440-2047.
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