Purdue workshops offer producers guidance on food safety

Purdue workshops offer producers guidance on food safety
Fruits and vegetables

Purdue Extension is sponsoring five workshops throughout the state Tuesday (March 17) through April 8 for fruit and vegetable producers to learn how to reduce the risk of contamination by foodborne pathogens in produce.

All of the “Good Agricultural Practices A to Z” programs are free to attend.

Workshops in Adams and Elkhart counties will cover cantaloupe, specifically, while the others will cover food safety in general as it relates to fruit and vegetable production.

Producers growing fruits and vegetables of any variety should find either of the two workshop versions useful.

Local times and locations:

* Adams County: Tuesday (March 17), from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in the 4-H Dining Hall at the Adams County Fairgrounds, 313 W. Jefferson St., Decatur. Contact: 260-724-5322 or bkohlhag@purdue.edu.

* Elkhart County: March 24, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in Ag Hall at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds, 17746 County Road 34, Goshen. Contact: 574-533-0554, Ext. 106 or jburbrink@purdue.edu.

* Parke County: March 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Parke County Fairgrounds, 1472 U.S. 41, Rockville. Contact: 812-462-3371 or luzar@purdue.edu.

* Hancock County: March 30 at the Hancock County Extension Office, 802 N. Apple St., Greenfield. Start time not yet decided. Contact: 317-462-1113 or rballard@purdue.edu.

* Washington County: April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Washington County Extension Office, Suite 104, 806 Martinsburg Road, Salem. Contact: rbeckort@purdue.edu or 812-358-6101.

Registration for the workshops can be found at https://tinyurl.com/RegisterGAPsAtoZ.

The Adams and Park counties programs are sponsored by a grant from Purdue Agricultural Science and Extension for Economic Development, or AgSEED. The others are funded by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture through a U.S Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grant.
By Emma E Hopkins, Student Service – ASC Ag Answers

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