Fresh Produce Safety Curriculum Training Offered for Extension Agents

N.C. MarketReady will host a free webinar series for N.C. Cooperative Extension agents to introduce the just-released N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety – Field to Family Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training Curriculum. The curriculum was developed to assist agents in conducting effective trainings for fruit and vegetable growers. The goal is for growers to implement the practices that help minimize risks when it comes to providing clean, safe produce in North Carolina.

The four-part webinar series will include an introduction to the curriculum resources, a review of each Tier 1 module, an explanation of the tracking procedure and how to download participation certificates. Tier 1 of this curriculum consists of the first six modules and focuses on GAPs related to field production and harvest. The webinars will be led by the co-chairs of the N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force, Diane Ducharme, Ben Chapman, Chris Gunter and Trevor Phister, all N.C. State University faculty.

For more information about the webinar series, including how to join the sessions, visit the Agent Resources Web page or contact Diane Ducharme, GAPs program coordinator, at diane_ducharme@ncsu.edu or 704-250-5402.

Schedule of Events
Friday, November 13, 2009, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety Tier 1, Part 1
Introduction and Module 1

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 9 to 11 a.m.
N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety Tier 1, Part 2
Modules 2 and 3

Thursday, November 19, 2009, 1 to 3 p.m.
N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety Tier 1, Part 3
Modules 4 and 5

Friday, November 20, 2009, 9 to 11 a.m.
N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety Tier 1, Part 4
Module 6 and Wrap-up

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