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- Published: Monday, 30 March 2015 13:40
- Written by Jack Wilbur
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We wanted to pass along an announcement from Utah State University about an upcoming workshop for farmers and ranchers on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification. More and more distributors and end purchasers are requiring this certification when buying produce and other raw agricultural products.
The Utah State University Botanical Center will host a workshop on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is will provide in-depth information about practices that reduce contamination risk and how to implement a simple record-keeping system to for risk-management.
“Utah farmers are already doing a good job at risk management,” said Shawn Olsen, USU Extension professor of agriculture. “Now they’re just being asked to document it for a little extra assurance.”
The workshop will be taught by Seth Urbanowitz from University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
“GAPs are important tools for risk mitigation,” Urbanowitz said. “They will often increase market access for farmers looking to sell to larger markets.”
Participants will learn about proper pesticide use, using clean water and soil, documenting practices and more, and is designed for farmers or those involved with distributing or procuring produce.
Registration for the workshop is $10 and the fee includes all class materials and lunch. Participants are asked to bring a laptop. The workshop is sponsored by the USU Botanical Center, USU Extension’s Farm-Chef-Fork program.
Online registration for the workshop is available at https://gap-utahbotanical.eventbrite.com.