Food Safety Field Day for Fruit & Vegetable Growers

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Food Safety Field Day for Fruit & Vegetable Growers

WHEN: Thursday, September 28, 4:00-8:00PM (evening meal provided)

WHERE: Buske Farm, 1550 Madison Avenue, Fort Dodge, IA

WHO: Hosted by the Iowa Farmers Union, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, and the Center for Rural Affairs

Please join us on Thursday, September 28 from 4:00-8:00PM at the Buske farm near Fort Dodge for an on-farm field day for fruit and vegetable growers. The field day will focus on new requirements for fruit and vegetable growers under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Guests will learn more about FSMA regulations and trainings, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) training, and food safety record-keeping and will have a chance to observe an on-farm food safety inspection.

Field day presenters include:

  • Shannon Coleman, extension specialist with the ISU Department of Food Sciences and Human Nutrition
  • Joe Hannan, horticulture specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Joe will lead discussions on produce safety, demonstrate an on-farm food safety inspection, and share information on the latest trends for hoop house production.
  • Anna Johnson, policy program associate with the Center for Rural Affairs. Anna will give a presentation on the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill and its relevance for fruit and vegetable growers.

Directions from Fort Dodge: From the junction of US Hwy 169 and IA Hwy 7 on the northwest side of Fort Dodge, proceed north on Hwy 169 for 2 miles.  Turn east (right) onto 170th Street (County Rd D14).  Travel east 0.4 mile to Madison Avenue.  Turn north (left) onto Madison Avenue.  Go 1.5 miles, then turn east (right) into the farm lane for the Buske Farm at 1550 Madison Avenue.

THE FIELD DAY IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. An evening meal will be provided to guests.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 26 to Ronald Tigner,, (515) 357-0503.

For more information on FSMA and food safety rules and trainings, please visit the food safety resource page on the IFU website.

Iowa Farmers Union
PO Box 1883 Ames, IA 50010-1883