The Good Agricultural Practice workshop scheduled for Nov. 19 in Sioux City has been cancelled. Those who registered for the workshop may transfer their registration to another upcoming workshop, said Angela Shaw, a food safety specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
“Registration is open for all of the workshops that will be offered this spring,” Shaw said.
GAP workshops will be offered in Lewis on Feb. 12 (Level 1) and Feb. 20 (Level 2), in Spencer on Feb. 17 (Level 1) and Feb. 24 (Level 2), and in Cedar Rapids on March 2 (Level 1) and March 24 (Level 2). Registration and details are available at http://bit.ly/IOWAGAP. For more information, please contact Shaw at 515-294-0868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Level 1 training is for growers who provide food to consumers through community-supported agriculture or farmers’ markets, or are considering retail foodservice sales. Training covers good agriculture best practices and market considerations.
Level 2 workshops guide farmers in the development of a written farm food safety plan. Farmers considering sales to retail foodservices such as grocers, restaurants, hospitals and other institutions, and those interested in adding value to fresh produce and selling products in a convenience form will have the tools to demonstrate GAPs are in place after attending the workshop.
ISU Extension and Outreach faculty and specialists instructing the workshops include Angela Shaw, food safety; Catherine Strohbehn, food safety and local foods systems; and Linda Naeve, value added agriculure. The workshops are funded through a grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.