Fruit, vegetable webinars set

Fruit, vegetable webinars set

Missouri fruit and vegetable growers can enroll in upcoming no-cost or low-cost online produce safety training.

Webinar topics include creating a food safety plan for USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training, produce safety best practices and wildlife control for produce growers, said Londa Nwadike, an extension associate professor of food safety for the University of Missouri and Kansas State University.

In addition to the webinars, MU Extension and the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) can provide a free On Farm Readiness Review to produce growers, Nwadike said. MU Extension also continues to provide free microbial water testing to produce growers and currently has cost-share funding for growers interested in GAP certification.

“We can also provide general technical assistance in produce safety to growers,” she said.

Upcoming webinars

  • Feb. 24 OR April 21, 3-5 p.m. – Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) food safety plan.
  • March 18 AND 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Alliance training.
  • March 24, 6-7 p.m. – Wildlife control for produce growers.
  • May 10, 3-5 p.m. – Introduction to produce safety and post-harvest handling.

A full list of upcoming trainings is available at www.ksre.k-state.edu/foodsafety/produce(opens in new window).

Nwadike said the workshops and other resources are available to produce growers through funding from various sources, including the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Missouri and Kansas departments of agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration.

“These efforts have helped hard-working produce growers understand the FSMA produce safety rule and incorporate these requirements into their production system to ensure they are providing safe, healthful food for consumers,” Nwadike said.

For more information about produce safety workshops in Kansas or Missouri, contact Nwadike at 913-307-7391 or nwadikel@missouri.edu(opens in new window), or MU Extension horticulture specialist Patrick Byers at byerspl@missouri.edu(opens in new window).