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Required Training Session for Fresh Produce Growers Planned
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/07/2018

Mandatory food safety training for fresh produce growers will be available at three Wisconsin locations in February and March. According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, new federal regulations require this one-day training for growers that sell more than $500,000 in annual produce.

Growers with $250,000 to $500,000 in annual sales must complete the training any time before the 2019 growing season. Those with sales under $250,000 must complete it before the following year. In each case, at least one supervisor or other responsible person from the farm must complete the training. Farms with produce sales under $25,000 are exempt from the Produce Safety Rule, including the requirement for training.

The course will cover use of manure as soil amendments; contact with domesticated and wild animals; worker training, health and hygiene; equipment, tools and buildings; water; and food safety plans. The trainings are part of a series supported by DATCP, with additional instructors being provided by UW-Extension, UW-Madison, and industry and farmer organizations.

Programs will be held February 20 in Pardeeville; February 26 in Fond du Lac; and March 13 in Cashton. All classes will run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with check-in 7:30-8 a.m.

The cost of the program is $60. For more information or to register, call 608-224-4511.

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