Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) webinar series is being offered by University of Illinois Extension. This 4 part series will be hosted Mondays, April 8 to April 29 from 6-8 pm.
Food safety begins with sound practices on the farm, especially with fresh vegetable and fruit produce that is eaten raw. Recent outbreaks of food borne illnesses involving both fresh and processed food products have heightened public concern about food safety. Increasingly more consumers want to know how their food is grown. Most fresh produce retailers now require the producers who supply them to have 3rd party audits to verify safe food production and handling practices on the farm. The recently signed bill on food safety overhaul underscores the growing emphasis on food safety and the need for fresh produce farmers to produce a safe product.
This workshop has benefits for all producers, retailers and wholesalers in supermarkets, FarmersÃ¢?â¢ Markets, or for business owners in service industries. In particular, the GAPs workshop will equip producers with the knowledge to put together a written food safety plan. By becoming food safety compliant, producers will stay competitive in the specialty produce business.
Illinois GAPs participants will be eligible for a $450 cost-share for a GAPs audit.
You may attend the webinars from your home. You will need to have a computer with high-speed Internet access and a way to listen to the presentation via your computer (headsets are best, but speakers will work). Each registered participant will be sent webinar instructions, handouts, and a GAPs manual prior to the first webinar.
There is a $20 fee per participant and pre-registration along with pre-payment is required by April 1, 2013.
Please register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/gkw. With this registration opportunity, you may use a credit card and immediately pay and confirm your registration. Online, you may choose to pay by check which will tentatively register you until your check is received in our office.
Additionally, you may call the office at 815/933-8337 to register by credit card or as always, stop by the office to register with cash, check or credit card.
For more information, please call Please call James Theuri at Kankakee County Extension Office at 815-933-8337.