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Fee: $20

January 16, 2018 | Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: University of Maryland Extension Baltimore County, 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD, 21030 (map)

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Description: Please note: We have reserved the Cockeysville office on Monday January 22 as well. If there is inclement weather, we may decide to do the training on that day instead. 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, offered across Maryland, are essential for small- and large- scale producers who want to understand how to meet current U.S. Food and Drug Administration food safety requirements or are considering Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification. The training will assist with writing and implement a GAP program for both wholesale growers and direct marketers. Each workshop will take place from 8:30 am to 4 pm. The fee for the program will be $20 and will cover lunch costs and materials provided to each participant. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation following the program. MDA offers two GAP certification programs for fruit and vegetable producers. - MDA GAP certification is geared toward direct marketers or other producers that want to start with a basic food safety program and is available to Maryland fruit and vegetable producers at no cost. - USDA GAP/GHP and USDA Harmonized GAP pre-harvest and post-harvest certification are provided through a cooperative agreement with USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service and is a nationally recognized certification that meets the requirements of many wholesale buyers. USDA specialty crop grant funding is available for cost share of the USDA audit fees. For more information on these certification programs, contact Deanna Baldwin with the Maryland Department of Agriculture at Deanna.baldwin@maryland.gov or 410-841-5769 or Justine Beaulieu with the University of Maryland at jbeauli1@umd.edu or 301-405-7543. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-gap-central-md-good-agricultural-practices-training-tickets-41342676057?aff=es2

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