If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market or selling product at the Harvest at the Woodward you will need to have your Good Agricultural Practice Training certificate. The program is a combined effort of Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the outreach and research arms of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
New this year is information on the Proposed Supplemental Rule in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, which is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register in October, Hoover said. The proposal includes revisions in what will be required for water quality and testing, manure and compost application, and wildlife intrusion.
The revisions are still in the proposal stage and are subject to change, but participants will learn the newest information available at the time of the classes.
Knox County will be hosting two Good Agricultural Practice trainings on Thursday, April 9th, 1-4pm at the Knox County Extension Office 160 Columbus Road, and 6-9pm at The Place@The Woodward, located at 120 South Main Street. Registration is required and a $20 per person fee due. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 2nd. Classes may be canceled if fewer than 10 people are registered. Participants will receive a three-ring binder with Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) templates and record-keeping templates, presentation handouts, and a certificate of participation.
Contact the Knox County Extension office at 740-397-0401 to register for these classes.