BISMARCK, N.D. (NDDA) - A free workshop on farm food safety will be held on Saturday, Mar. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, 2576 8th St SW, Washburn.
"This session is an opportunity for specialty crop producers to learn more about good agricultural practices for growing and harvesting food on the farm," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "This workshop will help producers create a farm food safety plan, which is often needed to sell to restaurants, school and other institutions."
Topics to be covered include:
- Why food safety on the farm is important
- Identifying food safety risks
- Good agricultural practices (GAPs) in the following areas: personal and worker hygiene, water, soil, animals, post production and harvest practices
- Common mistakes growers make and how to prevent them
- Tips for keeping records to assist in monitoring your efforts
- Regulations - which ones you need to know
To RSVP or ask questions, please contact Jamie Good, local foods specialist, at 701-328-2659 or jgoodnd.gov. Please RSVP by Friday, Mar. 16.
The workshop is funded through a specialty crop grant from the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
BISMARCK, N.D. (PNS) - Farmers unions are launching an agriculture-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum for kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Farmers unions in North Dakota and four other Midwestern states have developed hands-on lessons that meld STEM learning and the study of agriculture, food and natural resources.
Miranda Letherman, youth education specialist for the North Dakota Farmers Union, predicts AG STEM especially will be a boon for rural students.
"Agriculture is really evolving and it's one of the most adaptable fields," she said, "and so, it is a really good fit to tie in the technology."
The five farmers unions, which make up Farmers Union Enterprises, teamed up with STEM Fuse to develop the curriculum.
Letherman said it will be a good resource for schools, where agriculture education has been lacking. She noted there are many career paths at the intersection of agriculture and technology, and the program will expose students to everything from computer coding to 3-D printing.
"Youths are able to solve problems dealing with irrigation and fertilizing, and also crop observations and assessments using 3-D printers and technology and the engineering-type problem-solving skills that are prevalent with STEM," she explained.
She mentioned that 3-D printers have a hidden connection to agriculture, since some of the filaments used in the printers come from farm byproducts. The AG STEM training already has started for North Dakota Farmers Union staff and volunteers, who plan to use the curriculum in the organization's summer-camp programs as well.
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