|Free conferences on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in southwest Missouri will feature the nation’s top food safety trainer, Dr. Elizabeth Bihn, director of the Produce Safety Alliance and program coordinator for the National Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Program and her colleague, Gretchen Wall, program coordinator for the Produce Safety Alliance. Both are associated with Cornell University.
Presentations beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, will focus on a comprehensive food safety approach designed for small and mid-sized farms. The event will take place at the Continental Banquet Center, 2802 North Range Line Rd., Joplin.
Seating is limited and early registration is recommended. Information and registration is available here or by calling Eileen Nichols at (417) 483-8139.
Select day for conclusion of conference
Participants may pick from three dates for the second-day small group labs where they will begin a food safety plan for their farms. Those dates and locations are:
- Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Webb City Public Library, 101 South Liberty, Webb City, led by Bihn and Wall
- Friday, Dec. 6, at the Botanical Center, 2400 South Scenic, Springfield
- Friday, Dec. 13, at the Webb City Public Library
Specialists with University of Missouri Extension will conduct the last two labs. The conference is co-sponsored by Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, University of Missouri Extension and the Webb City Farmers Market.
For several years, the Webb City Farmers Market has required all its growers complete a three-hour workshop on food safety entitled, “From Field to Market,” prior to selling at the market.
According to Eileen Nichols, Webb City Farmers Market director, “One incident of food contamination can harm our customers, close a farm and a market and adversely affect all markets in the region. This conference brings the best food safety knowledge to our area and, we hope, will help us continue to bring healthy, safe food to the community."