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May 07, 2007

Workshop to focus on safe produce handling, liability

A workshop for commercial fruit and vegetable growers that will focus on safe food handling and legal liability issues will be held May 15 at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Person County Center in Roxboro.

The workshop is designed for fruit and vegetable growers who sell their produce at farmers’ markets and through pick-your-own operations. It begins at 5 p.m. with registration and dinner and ends at 9 p.m. The workshop cost is a $15 per person, which includes the meal. The event is sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Titled “Profitable Produce: A Workshop on Legal Liability and Handling Food Safely,” the workshop will feature presentations by Dr. Lynn Turner, a professor of food science at North Carolina State University, Shirley Outlaw of the North Carolina Farm Bureau, and Ted Feitshans, an extension specialist in agricultural and resource economics at N.C. State University. Turner will talk about good agricultural practices and food safety, while Outlaw will discuss liability insurance, and Feitshans’ topic will be legal issues and direct marketing.

Registration and other information is available from Carl Cantaluppi, area extension agent-horticulture, at 919.603.1350 or carl_cantaluppi@ncsu.edu or from Annette Dunlap, extension associate, value-added and alternative agriculture, at 919.515.5969 or annette_dunlap@ncsu.edu. Information is also available on line at extension’s value-added and alternative agriculture Web site, http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/value-added/

The Person County Extension Center, where the workshop will be held, is at 304 S. Morgan Street, Roxboro.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is an educational agency supported by county governments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and N.C. State and North Carolina A&T State universities. County agents, backed by specialists at the two land-grant universities, conduct educational programs related to agriculture and forestry, family and consumer sciences, 4-H, community and rural development and other issues.

Posted by Dave at May 7, 2007 01:02 PM