published on November 7, 2016 - 7:18 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Fresno City College Training Institute is partnering with College of the Sequoias to offer training in Good Agricultural Practices.

The demand for safer food and the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011 has created a focus on preventative measures and growers, farmers, and other in the ag industry are now required to implement Good Agricultural Practices. The requirement has created a need for educational programs that inform ag workers about laws and regulations and preventative measures.

“A growing focus on food safety and consumer awareness has pushed the industry to provide a cleaner and safer product,” Cosme Sanchez, the lead instructor for the program, said in a statement.

Six-hour workshops in Good Agricultural Practices training will be presented throughout the Central Valley over the next 12 months. Sessions will be provided in English, Spanish and Hmong.

The training will include on-farm demonstrations to allow participants to practice what they are learning in a real farm setting. In addition to the workshops, participants can schedule five hours of follow-up consultation to gain specific assistance.

A training session for English speakers will be held Nov. 29 and a Spanish session will be held Nov. 30. Both sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the COS Tulare College Center at 4999 East Bardsley Avenue. The registration fee for each session is $25, which includes lunch.

Additional sessions will be offered in Madera and Reedley.

For more information about the program, or to register for one of the sessions, call (559) 324-6461.

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