A Good Agricultural Practices webinar series on safe food production will be offered by University of Illinois Extension on Mondays in July.
“Food safety begins with sound practices on the farm, especially with fresh vegetable and fruit produce that is eaten raw,” said local food systems and small farm educator James Theuri. “Recent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses involving both fresh and processed food products have heightened public concern about food safety. Increasingly, more consumers want to know how their food is grown.”
Theuri said the webinar will benefit all producers, retailers and wholesalers in supermarkets, farmers markets or service industries.
Participants may attend from home via a computer with high-speed Internet access and either a headset or speakers. Each registered participant will be sent webinar instructions, handouts and a manual prior to the first webinar.
Topics include defining Good Agricultural Practices, soil management and manure management, water quality and testing, record keeping, traceback, writing a food safety plan and being audited.
“By becoming food-safety compliant, producers will stay competitive in the specialty produce business,” Theuri said.
For more information, contact Theuri at 815-933-8337.
Safe Food Webinar
6-8 p.m. Mondays, July 1-22
$15, registration due by June 25
Register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/gkw, by phone at 815-933-8337 (credit card payment required) or at the University of Illinois DeKalb County Extension, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore