Webinar Series 2:Exploring Best Food Safety Practices and GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Certification for Beginning Farmers

Webinar Series 2:

Exploring Best   Food Safety Practices and GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Certification for   Beginning Farmers

Wythe   Morris, Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent, Commercial Horticulture

To   participate in this webinar, please go to: http://connect.ag.vt.edu/vabeginningfarmergap

Local and regional food   systems that connect farmers to nearby markets are continuing to grow   throughout Virginia and the U.S. Because of this, many farmers are   experiencing a wider array of marketing opportunities such as through farmers   markets, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, colleges, universities, and   hospitals. Through a 2011-2012 survey of Virginia beginning farmers and   ranchers, respondents indicated that they had lower levels of knowledge about   food safety and good agricultural practices (GAP) certification compared to   other production practice needs. Virginia beginning farmer respondents also   indicated that they were utilizing numerous direct and intermediate marketing   channels for distribution and sale of their products. The purpose of this   webinar is to help Virginia beginning farmers and ranchers and other   agricultural service providers understand the policies, regulations, and processes   that allow for safe food production, distribution, and consumption. Please   join us for a presentation by Mr. Wythe Morris, Virginia Cooperative   Extension Agent in Commercial Horticulture as he describes best food safety   practices and the GAP certification process. Following this presentation, you   will have an opportunity to ask Wythe your questions as he helps guide you   through safe food production and certification. For more information about   the webinar or questions, please contact webinar organizers Matt Benson (mcbenson@vt.edu) or Kim Niewolny (niewolny@vt.edu).

Recordings of past webinars   can be found on the project website: http://www.vabeginningfarmer.aee.vt.edu/webinar/Archive/webinar-archive.html.

System Requirements

PC-based   attendees

Required:   Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based   attendees

Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

No registration is   required. A few minutes before 3PM, go to the website address above and login   by typing in your name under the “guest account”. You will then be taken to   the webinar. Once logged in, run the audio wizard setup (Select MEETING/RUN   AUDIO SETUP WIZARD) to ensure your computer speakers are hooked up and on. To   hear the audio and presenters, speakers must be turned on. For additional   technical assistance, contact Carl Estes with Virginia Tech at (540)   231-1385. During the webinar, questions can be typed into the chat box on the   left hand side of the screen.  A   recording of this webinar will be available at the Virginia Beginning Farmer   Project website afterwards.
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