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Food Safety training focusing on Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) guidelines
The in-person trainings will be held at Chico Hot Springs (March 26), Great Falls (March 30), and in Helena (April 1). Webinar trainings are scheduled for May 15 and September 25.

The trainings will be offered as both in-person and via webinar. The course is a six-hour training and will include pre-course exercises and a post course exam for those pursuing certification as a food safety Regional Independent Verifier. The trainings are designed for farmers, sanitarians, cooperative extension agents, local food educators, farmers market managers, food safety auditors, organic inspectors, food retailers, restaurant owners, farm interns, farm to school and farm to college professionals and agricultural service providers. The course will specifically cover food safety issues including: farmer self-inspection preparation, traceability, ground history, adjacent land, fertilizer and crop nutrition, irrigation and water use, crop protection, field worker hygiene, and harvesting practices. Participants will gain skill in navigating the regulations and using standard assessment tools.

For more information about the training, please contact: Jonda Crosby at 406-227-9161, or email her at jcrosby@mt.net

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Webinar: "NRCS Conservation Plan: Supporting Organic Transition," also called the Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) 138.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 3:00 PM Eastern Time
With the NRCS Conservation Plan, farmers transitioning to organic production, or organic farmers transitioning new land to organic production, can apply for financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices. For more information, click here.

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