Buffalo workshop focuses on producer prevention of food-borne pathogens

Water quality and testing and post-harvest produce handling are among topics at a good agricultural practices (GAP) workshop in Buffalo June 2-3.

Creating a food safety plan and soil and manure management are other focuses, said Blake Hauptman, University of Wyoming Extension educator. He said the workshop is for small, medium and large-scale producers to help protect customers from food-borne illnesses.

Sessions are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at the Hampton Inn and Suites.

The workshop will provide details and information on farm audits for producers considering becoming certified in good agricultural practices and food safety.

GAP and good handling practices are voluntary audits through the USDA that verify fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards.

Cost of attendance is $25 and includes lunch both days. Hauptman encouraged pre-registration to ensure lunch and a copy of the workbook.

Register at bit.ly/buffalogap2017. Hauptman said scholarships are available from the Powder River Basin Resource Council to cover registration fees. Apply at bit.ly/gapscholar2017 and follow directions.

For more information, contact Megan Taylor with the Powder River Basin Resource Council at 307-683-7761 or mtaylor@powderriverbasin.org; extension educator Hannah Johnson at 307-682-7281, or hjh10@ccgov.net; or Hauptman at 307-283-1192 or bhauptma@uwyo.edu.

This workshop is funded by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Grant program and is being co-sponsored by UW Extension and the Powder River Basin Resource Council.