URBANA -- University of Illinois Extension will be hosting a Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) webinar series. Anyone who sells produce at local markets or donates to food pantries, including farmers, farmers’ market coordinators, community/market garden coordinators, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), and gardeners, can learn how to keep produce safe from production to the market.
Recent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses involving both fresh and processed food products have heightened public concern about food safety. As more consumers want to know how their food is grown, many fresh produce buyers are requiring their suppliers to have third-party audits to verify safe food production and handling practices on the farm.
Preventing and controlling the contamination of fresh farm produce is the key to producing wholesome, healthy products. The GAPs program helps growers to develop and implement farm food safety plans and prepare them for GAPs certification so they can market their products with greater confidence.
Topics will include:
• What are GAPs? What are worker health and hygiene concerns?
• Water quality and testing; Soil management and soil amendments.
• Post-harvest produce handling.
• Record-keeping; Trace-back; Recalls; What happens during an audit?
The webinar series will be held on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., from August 6 through August 27. Participants can from your home; all that is needed is a computer with high-speed Internet access and a way to listen to the presentation via the computer. Each registered participant will be sent webinar instructions, handouts, and a GAPs manual prior to the first webinar.
The registration fee is $30 per participant. Pre-registration along with pre-payment is required by August 1. Please register at:
For more information contact U of I Extension, Kankakee County at 815-933-8337.
U of I Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Unit Office at least two weeks prior to the event.
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