Building Your Farm Food Safety Manual
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Building Your Farm Food Safety Manual

Building Your Farm Food Safety Manual

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UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County

6700 Clark Road

Sarasota, FL 34241

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If you plan to develop a Food Safety Program for your fruit and/or vegetable farming operations, field or greenhouse, this one-day workshop is for you! The University of Florida/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service is offering this workshop to help growers actually develop their own food safety manuals using the recently released final rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Space is limited and registration is required.

Any farmer needing a food safety program will find this workshop useful, including organic farmers. Most intermediate or large chain store buyers now require some level of food safety program from each farm before they buy. Even smaller operations selling directly to consumers may be advised to develop a manual for their farm. This issue has become an important component of doing everyday business on today’s farms and will be even more important in the future.

The classes will be done on a computer and will be limited to 20 farms, using a web-based food safety manual development program. Those farmers needing assistance on the computer can bring one computer-savvy helper but this person must complete registration for a 'secondary' ticket at a reduced price. There are nine computers provided for use. If you will need one of these to use, please email rkluson@scgov.net (using an email subject of "Food Safety Plan Workshop"). Otherwise, registrants are welcome to bring their own laptop computers to use.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • general information;
  • site selection;
  • adjacent land use;
  • fertilizer use;
  • water use; and
  • field sanitation.


NOTE: Classes and events may be canceled at any time due to low registration or other circumstances, with full refunds issued for paid events. Similar classes or events often are offered on future dates.

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