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Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 8:00am
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
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 9:00am
Learn how to FIGHT THE MITE! This full-day, interactive workshop, co-hosted by the MDAR Apiary Team and UMass Extension, will leave you prepared to control Varroa in your hives.
Wednesday, October 14, 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, November 18, 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. (Note: November is the exception due to the Veterans' Day holiday.) Co-sponsored by UMass Extension and the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology.
Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 9:00am
Advanced Microscope Skills for Beekeepers
Wednesday, December 9, 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, January 6, 2021 - 9:00am
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.

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