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Jan. 13, 2021
By Tracy CourageU of A System Division of Agriculture
LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will offer
online produce safety training workshops to educate fruit and vegetable producers
about new rules for protecting the food supply.
Two online workshops will be offered from 8 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 10-11 and again
March 31-April 1. Participants can register at www.uaex.uada.edu/producesafety. Registration closes seven days before each training so that materials can be mailed
to participants. The registration deadlines are Feb. 3 for the first training and
March 13 for the second.
“Health is more important than ever, and food safety starts on the farm,” said Dr.
Amanda Philyaw Perez, extension Food Systems and Safety specialist for the Division
of Agriculture, who leads the training. “Implementing good agricultural practices
learned in this training can help fruit and vegetable producers guard against the
spread of the coronavirus as well.”
Topics covered will include agricultural water, soil amendments, worker health and
hygiene, wildlife management, post-harvest handling and food safety plans.
The training, developed by the Produce Safety Alliance and presented by the Cooperative
Extension Service, helps growers understand regulatory requirements of the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, which
regulates standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding fresh produce.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion, which satisfies the Produce
Safety Rule training requirement. Participants must be present both days of the training
and must have Internet access, Zoom video conferencing software, a web camera and
Typically, extension offers in-person training at sites across Arkansas.
“We started offering the online workshops in response to COVID-19, and we will continue
providing these trainings online until the number of COVID cases is more under control,”
No in-person training is scheduled at this time, she said. For more information, contact
Perez at 501-671-2228. To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your
local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media contact:Tracy CourageDirector, Communications ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org