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Food Safety and Disease Management Field Day at Apple Jack Orchards June 20

Annalisa Hultberg, Extension Educator, Food Safety Madeline Wimmer, Extension Educator, Fruit Production

Join UMN Extension for a field day to learn new strategies to use good food safety practices and plant disease management strategies in your fruit and vegetable farms and orchards this summer. These practices can reduce the disease burden on your farm as well and protect your produce from unintentional contamination from human pathogens like E. coli or Salmonella that can cause illness.

Date: June 20, 2024 10:00 - 1:30 Location: Apple Jack Orchards, 4875 37th St SE, Delano, MN 55328 Cost: $15 per farm, for up to two attendees. All registered attendees receive lunch and insect detection and food safety supplies. Registration: Register by June 18, 5:00 pm.

Food Safety topics: 

  • Learn best practices to manage human pathogens of concern on the farm which can contaminate your produce

  • Mock GAP audit - what is a GAP audit, and how could it help my farm?

  • The FSMA Produce Safety Rule 

  • Making and safely using manure-based compost 

  • Postharvest washing and handling, coolers, packshed design and sanitizer demonstrations

  • The MN Department of Agriculture will be on hand to conduct a mock GAP audit and walk through production fields, packshed and cooler and storage facilities to provide an overview of what practices and records would be required to pass a USDA GAP audit if desired. 

IPM Topics: 

  • Insect pests, foliar diseases, and fruit rots

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tactics for pest and disease management including scouting, forecast timed pesticide applications, and cultural controls (e.g., sanitation and variety selection)

  • Scouting and trapping tool demonstration

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