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Maryland Advanced Good Agricultural Practices Webinar Series

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These hour-long webinar series will help produce growers advance their on-farm food safety practices to prepare for a Harmonized GAP audit.

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Have you taken a basic GAPs course and are ready for the next step in on farm food safety? Are you a Maryland produce farmer pursuing a buyer who requires USDA Harmonized GAP Audits? The Maryland Food Safety Network is here to help with a 1 hour morning webinar series during the months of February and March 2021. This Advanced GAPs Webinar Series will break down key aspects in preparing for a Harmonized GAP audit, as well as convey pertinent food safety updates to prepare you for the 2021 season.

Tickets go live January 8th!

Webinar Schedule:

February 2nd, Introduction: Taking the Next Step in On-Farm Produce Safety

Find out how to prepare for a harmonized GAP audit by learning the logistics of this audit process and pertinent produce safety updates for the 2021 season.

February 16th, Preparing for Harmonized GAP: Writing Written Risk Assessments

Discover how to efficiently and effectively construct written assessments to account for food safety risks on your operation and align with HGAP requirements.

February 23rd, Research Spotlight: Salmonella in Mid-Atlantic Irrigation Water Sources

Learn about food safety water quality issues in the Mid-Atlantic and how to manage your water sources for Harmonized GAP.

March 2nd, Preparing for Harmonized GAP: Product Traceability and Getting Recall Ready

Become more confident in recording the inputs you use to make your product, being able to trace your product to your buyers, and prepping for a recall.

March 9th, COVID-19 Updates and Resources for the 2021 Season

Keep up to date with Maryland COVID-19 requirements for your farm operation and learn about the resources available to help you keep your customers and employees safe.

Webinar Series Registration Information

  • Sign up for as many webinars as you can attend! Each webinar will take place from 7:00am- 8:00am EST on Zoom and will provide registered attendees a certificate of completion. Registration is free but required to access the live webinars. One day prior to training, a link will be sent to the email you provide with webinar login information. Webinar recordings will be available to view on https://psla.umd.edu/extension/produce-safety.
  • Ensure you have a computer or other appropriate device with webcam and microphone to participate in this virtual event. Those with internet connectivity issues can contact Angela Ferelli at angfer@umd.edu | (301)-405-8922 to discuss troubleshooting options.
  • This webinar series is recommended for produce farmers who have a written food safety plan and are looking for more in-depth guidance to implementing food safety programs on the farm. If you need assistance in food safety basics or constructing a food safety plan for your operation, check out our Basic GAP workshop at https://umdvirtualbasicgap.eventbrite.com.
  • Attending these webinars does not suffice the regulatory requirement § 112.22(c) of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. A separate training addresses this, which can be found at the above link.

Questions? Contact Angela Ferelli angfer@umd.edu | (301)-405-8922 or Carol Allen callen12@umd.edu | (301)-405-7543!

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