Good Agricultural Practices workshop set for July 25-26 in New Orleans

(07/08/16) NEW ORLEANS – The LSU AgCenter will host a Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop in New Orleans on July 25 and 26.

The workshop will feature presentations designed to help fresh produce growers understand regulations, food safety risks and how to become GAPs certified. Attendees will also have a chance to write safety plans for their own farms with help from experts.

GAPs are voluntary practices growers can implement to prevent contamination. Certification is not mandatory, but many retailers only buy produce from certified growers.

“Fresh produce food safety has emerged as a critical agricultural issue and often presents a significant financial threat to specialty crop producers,” said LSU AgCenter food safety specialist Achyut Adhikari. “The adoption of on-farm food safety practices will assist producers in managing risk and regulatory changes.”

The workshop is a collaborative effort of the LSU AgCenter, the Southern University Ag Center, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, the Recirculating Farms Coalition and the New Orleans-based nonprofit Propeller.

The workshop will run 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 25, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 26. It will be held at The Propeller Incubator at 4035 Washington Ave. in New Orleans.

There is no registration fee, and lunch will be provided both days.

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by July 20. Contact Adhikari at 225-578-2529 or ACAdhikari@agcenter.lsu.edu, or Kristine Creveling at 619-888-0605 or kcreveling@gopropeller.org.

7/8/2016 8:21:51 PM
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