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Advanced GAP Course – Annapolis
March 4 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Maryland Food Safety Network, comprised of the University of Maryland and The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), will be hosting a series of one-day workshops geared towards produce safety this winter. Two levels of training will be held to service farmers both in beginner and experienced stages of constructing their on-farm food safety programs; Basic Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) training and Advanced GAP training. You can register for any of the workshops by going to psla.umd.edu/extension/produce-safety.
The Advanced GAPs Training is designed for those farmers working with a current written food safety plan and are pursuing USDA GAP/GHP, Harmonized, or Harmonized Plus audits, or those producers who would like more in-depth guidance to streamline food safety programs on the farm. During these trainings, pertinent updates to the Produce Safety Rule will be conveyed. Other topics covered will include: a summary of common mistakes in last year’s audit rounds, in-depth water quality assessment, biological soil amendment handling, and hygienic design of equipment.
Workshops do require registration to attend. Workshop cost is $10 and includes lunch, educational materials, and a certificate of completion.