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Good Agricultural Practices Training Sessions Set

LAS CRUCES - Farmers market vegetable growers and fruit producers near Clovis, Silver City and Farmington can improve their knowledge of food safety and sanitation practices at three upcoming "good agricultural practices" (GAPs) workshops.



Roy Pennock, a research specialist with New Mexico State University, checks apples at a Las Cruces farmers market. To improve food safety and sanitation practices for farmers market vegetable growers and fruit producers, NMSU experts will be lead three "good agricultural practices" workshops in Clovis, Silver City and Farmington this summer. (07/11/2005) (NMSU Agricultural Communications Photo by J. Victor Espinoza)

"The food safety programs we'll be covering are increasingly being required by distributors, grocery stores and food service dealers as a part of doing businesses with them," said Roy Pennock, a research specialist with New Mexico State University's GAPs project.

Session topics include use of compost and manure, animal issues and worker hygiene, as well as water use, harvest sanitation and safe produce handling, he said. Dates, locations and contact numbers are listed below.

July 26 - Clovis; Curry County Extension office, 818 Main Street; (505) 763-6505
July 28 - Silver City; Grant County Extension office, 2610 N. Silver St.; (505) 388-1559
August 9 - Farmington; Farmington Chamber of Commerce, 100 West Broadway; (505) 334-9496

Experts with NMSU and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture will conduct the training. Each daylong workshop gets underway at 8 a.m. Registration is $20, which includes lunch.

The seminars are sponsored by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, NMSU's Small Farm Task Force, New Mexico Apple Council, New Mexico Farmers Market, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, New Mexico Department of Environment and the NMSU's Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project.

If you need more information or are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, please contact Gloria Hernandez at (505) 646-2198 or glorhern@nmsu.edu before the event.