Join UT ext specialists, Dr. Annette Wszelaki, and Dr. Faith Critzer as they discuss Food Safety.
The meeting is free to TFVA members
Thursday, March 2nd
Trade Show starts at 5PM EST
Rigsby Elementary School gym
8231 New Harmony Rd. Pikeville, TN
Whitneg Jackson, M.S.,
County Extension Agent
4-H Youth Development/ Adult Agriculture
Tennessee State University
Bledsoe County, UT/ TSU Extension Office
P.O. Box 289
Pikeville, TN 37367
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the official launch of GroupGAP, a new certification program that helps small and mid-sized growers and cooperatives meet retailers’ on-farm food safety requirements.
From FSA Updates
Agricultural producers are reminded to consult with FSA and NRCS before breaking out new ground for production purposes as doing so without prior authorization may put a producer’s federal farm program benefits in jeopardy. This is especially true for land that must meet Highly Erodible Land (HEL) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions.
Producers with HEL determined soils are required to apply tillage, crop residue and rotational requirements as specified in their conservation plan.
Producers should notify FSA as a first point of contact prior to conducting land clearing or drainage type projects to ensure the proposed actions meet compliance criteria such as clearing any trees to create new cropland, then these areas will need to be reviewed to ensure such work will not risk your eligibility for benefits.
Landowners and operators complete the form AD-1026 – Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) Certification to identify the proposed action and allow FSA to determine whether a referral to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for further review is necessary.
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March 4–24, 2015
April 8–28, 2015
May 6–26, 2015
July 15–August 4, 2015
October 7–27, 2015
November 4–24, 2015
This course is intended to improve your understanding of GAPs to guide assessment of risks and implementation of practices to reduce risks on fresh produce farms. Taking this course will not result in your farm being “GAPs Certified”. GAPs certification is done by a third party (e.g. USDA, Primus, Global GAP) and involves the successful completion of an on-farm audit.
A minimum of 10 people must be registered for us to offer the course and class size is limited to 25 people. The course price is $190.
Please contact Betsy Bihn ([email protected] or 315–787–2625) if you have any questions or concerns.
When registering for the course, you will be asked to enter a “Group Number”—enter G000107. (Please note that these are zeros and not the letter “O”).