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SDSU Extension Farm Food Safety Training Overview

Posted 4/25/2017 8:55am by Chris Zdorovtsov.

Dr. Burrows, SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist, discusses sources of contamination and mapping the flow of produce to avoid risk.

Dr. Burrows, SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist, discusses sources of contamination and mapping the flow of produce to avoid risk.

SDSU Extension hosted a farm food safety training in Rapid City Apr. 8 for fruit and vegetable growers. The class helped producers who are creating farm food safety plans.

Dr. Rhoda Burrows, SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist, discussed potential food safety risks such as contamination from watering practices, animal contact, people and equipment. Attendees had the opportunity to map their own farm's features and assess their own operations for potential risks and scale-appropriate best practices. 

Additional topics included the latest rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and determining if or when those rules applied to a given operation; current research-based recommendations for reducing risks from field to market; and information sources, templates and other tools for optimizing production and post-harvest handling practices. 

 

Michelle Grosek talks about safe food handling practices used in their Bear Butte Gardens operation near Sturgis. She noted that siting of animal pens, such as the poultry house, in relation to gardens and general traffic flow is very important when considering food safety.

 

Safe food handling practices are important in vineyards, too. Kris Booze with Red Valley Vineyard near Black Hawk introduces the product handling practices they use in the vineyard she manages with her parents Patty & Dave.

 

 Country Road Gardens' co-owner Mary Bodensteiner remarks that Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS) and safe food handling are critical to providing safe & healthy produce, eggs, meats and value-added products from their farm and commercial kitchen. Mary & husband Tom will host an on-farm tour later this summer.