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Vegetable Program Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 8:30am
A winter growers' meeting hosted by the New England Vegetable & Berry Growers' Association and the New England Cooperative Extensions. Farmers, Extension personnel and industry will present on a variety of topics important to vegetable and small fruit growers
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 12:00pm
Tune into TickTalk with TickReport! A FREE live webinar series by Dr. Stephen Rich, Director of the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology. Noon to 1:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month resuming in February 2020. Co-sponsored by UMass Extension and the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 8:30am
The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food FDA regulation is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controls qualified individual” who has “successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls.” This course developed by the FSPCA is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual.” To complete the course, a participant must be present for the entire workshop and actively participate in all of the presented exercises.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 8:30am
In this 1-day program you will learn the essentials of food processing sanitation. Topics covered include Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures, choosing the correct Sanitizers and Cleaners, Pest Management Programs, Record Keeping, and Implementing SSOPs in your facility/Kitchen. This program is a recommended prerequisite for other food safety management trainings (HACCP and Preventive Controls) Who should attend: QC, QC directions, kitchen managers/operators, plant managers, line workers