Hello, Ashtabula County! At our 4-H tagging at the fairgrounds this past weekend, a few folks mentioned how long it is taking for the trees to leaf out. May is here; however at times it still feels and looks like the beginning of April.
Last Friday, I checked the soil temperature and it was only 49 degrees at our office. These examples demonstrate how our spring is over two weeks behind. I know our farmers are anxious to get in the fields.
Today, I would like to provide details about a food safety workshop we will be holding at the end of May, share information on two great corn production books and encourage farmers to participate in a state-wide research project.
OSU Extension is pleased to announce a “Good Agricultural Practices for Fresh Produce” workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon at the Ashtabula County Extension located at 39 Wall Street in Jeffersono. With the increasing number of producers who are raising fruits and vegetables to sell at local farmers market, roadside farm stand or to restaurants, it is important this food be safe.
This workshop will provide produce growers the basics of on-farm food safety. Producers will learn ways to reduce the risk of food-borne illness from fresh produce.
Among the workshops’ topics will be soil safety, water safety, worker training, worker hygiene, recordkeeping, traceability, good handling practices and standard operating procedures, and how to develop a farm food safety plan.
In addition, participants will hear the latest news on revisions the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making to proposed regulations for produce growers under the Food Safety Modernization Act. The FDA will likely publish its revisions in early summer.
Registration feeis $20 per person. Reservations are due by May 21. Due to space limitations, reservations are required. Return payment and registration form to: OSU Extension, Ashtabula County, 39 Wall Street, Jefferson, OH 44047. Make checks payable to OSU Extension. More information can be obtained by calling 440-576-9008.