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Pacific Northwest Food Safety Webinars announced for Spring 2019 – Free of Charge

We are pleased to offer a comprehensive series of instructional webinars designed to help small scale growers and processors navigate the food safety regulatory landscape.

Register for all the webinars as a course, or a la carte. Grant funding allows us to offer these webinars to growers and processors in the Pacific Northwest at no charge.

Download the Webinar Schedule

These one-hour webinars will help answer the following questions:

  • How do new Federal food safety laws affect me and my operation?
  • What do I need to do now and in the future?
  • How do I know if I am exempt or not?
  • How do I prepare my farm or processing operation for regulatory questions?
  • What do I need to know to qualify for an exemption?

Spring Webinar Schedule

Ready to Grow: An Introduction to the Produce Safety Rule
MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019  –  10 am AKDT/11 am PST/12 pm MST 

This webinar is specifically for small farmers who grow, harvest or pack fresh produce in the Pacific Northwest. You may have heard the terms FSMA, Food Safety, Produce Safety Rule, etc., and wondered, what do these mean, and how do they affect my farm? You may have also heard that produce farms are now regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and have legitimate questions and concerns. This webinar will share how new Federal Food Safety laws may (or may not) affect your farm, where to go for more information, and how to assess and plan for enhanced food safety on your farm, no matter the size! Presented by Ariel Agenbroad, University of Idaho Extension. Watch the recording!

All Hands on Deck: Health and Hygiene for Farm Food Safety
MONDAY, MAY 6, 2019  –  10 am AKDT/11 am PST/12 pm MST 

This webinar addresses the human angle of food safety: how to ensure that the people who live and or work on your farm or processing facility practice healthy habits that keep everyone safe. This is a great webinar for supervisors, employees, apprentices, and anyone who needs a refresher on the best practices for food safety and hygiene on the farm or when creating food for consumers. This webinar will focus on practices aligned with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. Presented by Dr. Stephanie Smith, Washington State University. Watch the recording! 

Ready to Grow: An Introduction to the Produce Safety Rule
TUESDAY, May 14, 2019  – 10 am AKDT/11 am PST/12 pm MST
If you missed this webinar the first time, here’s your chance to attend. This webinar is specifically for small farmers who grow, harvest or pack fresh produce in the Pacific Northwest. You may have heard the terms FSMA, Food Safety, Produce Safety Rule, etc., and wondered, what do these mean, and how do they affect my farm? You may have also heard that produce farms are now regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and have legitimate questions and concerns. This webinar will share how new Federal Food Safety laws may (or may not) affect your farm, where to go for more information, and how to assess and plan for enhanced food safety on your farm, no matter the size! Presented by Ariel Agenbroad, University of Idaho Extension. Watch the recording!

Ready to Eat: An Introduction to Preventative Controls for Human Food Rule
MONDAY, MAY 20, 2019  – 10 am AKDT/11 am PST/12 pm MST 

Do you make and sell food products created outside the home? Have you heard about the Preventative Controls for Human Food Rule? Learn more about this rule, how to determine if the rule affects your, if you qualify for an exemption, and what you should be doing to stay up to date and in compliance with rules that may affect you and your small scale food business. Presented by Dr. Stephanie Smith, Washington State University. Watch the recording!

Food Safe from Field to Market: Harvest and Post-Harvest Sanitation Practices
TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019  – 10 am AKDT/11 am PST/12 pm MST 

This webinar will guide you through your entire harvest and packing flow, and help you identify any areas of risk along the way. It will cover mapping, flow, identifying, cleaning and sanitizing produce contact zones, and will share scale-appropriate and practical methods of ensuring sanitation from harvest activities through sale to your end customer. This webinar will focus on practices aligned with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.. Presented by Ariel Agenbroad, University of Idaho Extension. Recording coming soon!

Intro to Preventive Controls for Human Food for Very Small
Value-Added Food Processors
MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2019  –  10 am AKDT/11 am PST/12 pm MST 

This webinar picks up where our May 20 webinar signs off, helping you navigate the Preventative Controls for Human Food Rule as a small scale, value added food processor selling commercially to retail or direct to consumer. Go more in depth on exemptions, terminology, and best practices for producing safe food for your customers, no matter where you fall under this rule. Presented by Dr. Stephanie Smith, Washington State University. Watch the recording!

Compost Happens: Managing Food Safety Risks in Biological Soil Amendments
TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019  –  10 am AKDT/11 am PST/12 pm MST 

This webinar will focus on the pathogen risks associated with the use of manures and composts, and guide participants through best practices for making compost, as well as handling, storage and use of these materials. This webinar will focus on terms, guidelines and practices aligned with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. Presented by Ariel Agenbroad, University of Idaho Extension. Watch the recording!

Starting Out Right: Food Safety for Safe and Wholesome Foods
MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019  –  10 am AKDT/11 am PST/12 pm MST 

Are you just getting started in the creation and sale of specialty food products? Maybe you’re selling home baked cookies at Farmers Market, or making and selling jams and jellies at your farm stand. Find out more about Cottage Foods, and how to ensure that everything you make for your family and to sell is as safe as possible. Presented by Dr. Jang Ho Kim, University of Idaho Extension. Watch the recording!

What are Good Manufacturing Practices?
MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019  –  10 am AKDT/11 am PST/12 pm MST 

Josh Bevan steers hundreds of people through the process of creating, developing, manufacturing and marketing specialty food products at the University of Idaho Food Technology Center. Learn as Josh presents the basics of good manufacturing: the terms, the “why” and the “how.” Keep your small food business on the cutting edge of food safety and efficiency with this webinar. Presented by Josh Bevan, University of Idaho.  Watch the recording!

Make a Food Safety Plan! Preventative Controls for Human Health
Tuesday July 9, 2019  –  10 am AKDT/11 am PST/12 pm MST

Are you processing value-added products? Find out how to write a food safety plan!  Even if you are exempted from the FDA FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food rule, developing your own food safety plan will help you understand hazard analysis and preventive controls. This webinar will provide an overview of the contents of a small scale processing food safety plan with sample documents. Presented by Dr. Jang Ho Kim, University of Idaho Extension. Watch the recording!

Register in advance (registration is through the Idaho Cultivating Success™ site) for a webinar to view it live and to receive a link to the recorded webinars after airing.

A computer, tablet or smart phone with speakers and a reliable internet connection are required to view live webinars and recordings.

If you do not have the capacity to view a webinar, you can request a USB drive or DVD below. Please note: DVDs and USB drives will be mailed after all webinars have aired.

 

 

 

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