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Water Quality and Food Safety Understanding Factors Impacting Surface Water Quality

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR) requires farmers to test water used for agricultural production for generic E. coli. This document helps farmers understand how to interpret their water testing results, environmental factors that can impact those results, and...

Advanced Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
University of Maryland Extension, Frederick County
Advanced Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training Are you are currently working with a written food safety plan and are looking for more in-depth guidance to streamline food safety practices and programs on your farm, or are you are interested in pursuing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)...

Basic Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
University of Maryland Extension, Wicomico County
Attending a Basic GAP course may be right for you if... You are thinking about pursuing GAP certification for some or all parts of your operation You are interested in developing a good safety plan to increase operational efficiency and build a food safety culture You are looking to learn more...

Advanced Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Eastern Shore Hospital Center
Is an Advanced GAP Course Right for Me?... If you are currently working with a written food safety plan and are looking for more in-depth guidance to streamline food safety practices and programs on your farm, or If you are interested in pursuing USDA harmonized or Harmonized+ GAP certification… an...

Basic Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-3/15/20 UPDATE: Event Postponed-New date tbd

Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
University of Maryland Extension, Baltimore County
Attending a Basic GAP course may be right for you if... You are thinking about pursuing GAP certification for some or all parts of your operation You are interested in developing a good safety plan to increase operational efficiency and build a food safety culture You are looking to learn more...

Summary

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Managing the human part of a farm is likely to be the most complex part of a farmer’s work, and is likely to require skills outside the prior experience of many farmers. Plan how to minimize physical health and safety risks, including equipment-related injuries,...

Customers, protecting their safety and your liability

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Figure 3: Urban agriculture businesses where customers come onto the property, such as garden centers, farm stands, and agritourism operations, should consider purchasing premise liability insurance. Photo by Neith Little, UMD Extension, taken at Walther Gardens,...

Resources for food safety laws

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Your Extension agents are a good source for questions about the food safety laws that may impact your farming operation. You can also contact your state’s department of agriculture. You might also check with your local food policy council, food hub or farmers...

Food safety laws for processed, “cottage,” or value-added foods

Urban Ag home | Table of contents There is no comprehensive set of guidelines to determine whether a product is “value-added.” The term, however, generally refers to raw products that have had their value enhanced through some method of production (e.g., popped corn, jam, salsa) or marketing (e.g...

Food safety certifications

Urban Ag home | Table of contents Urban farmers who sell fresh produce to large retailers or other distributors may also be required by those buyers to certify their fruits and vegetables through one of many third-party voluntary quality certification programs for agricultural producers like USDA’s...

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