A series of upcoming workshops, offered by the University of Delaware, aim to help fruit and vegetable growers comply with new federal laws.
In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed a new set of rules updating the standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce grown for human consumption.The rule wasn’t finalized until late 2015, and it’s roll-out has been an ongoing process.
For those farmers still catching up, the workshops are designed as a crash course on the new rules.
Workshops are set for March 16 and 17, from 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m., at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. Registration is free, due to the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and the Delaware Department of Agriculture. Those who attend will be certified under the new rules.
More information is available here.