Get Started With TAEP At Pick TN
The Pick TN Conference is an excellent opportunity to network with other growers from across the state, visit the tradeshow and participate in educational sessions from the TN Fruit and Vegetable Association, TN Agritourism Association, TN Farm Winegrowers Alliance, TN Association of Farmers Markets, TN Flower Growers Association, TN Organic Growers Association, and TN Christmas Tree Growers Association.

This conference meets half of the educational requirement for the TAEP Producer Diversification Cost-share for the Fruit and Vegetable Sector.

You can meet the other half of your TAEP educational requirement in one weekend by registering for the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training that will be held in conjunction with the conference on February 15 from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. During the workshop, we will cover:
Introduction to Produce Safety
Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
Soil Amendments
Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course. This is currently the only training approved by the FDA to meet the FSMA educational requirement.

The price of the training is $50, thanks to support from the TN Department of Agriculture. This registration fee includes a light breakfast, snacks and lunch during the workshop. For more information or to register, please visit: http://foodscience.tennessee.edu/produce-safety-alliance-grower-training-workshop/.

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Hope to see you in Chattanooga!
Annette

Annette Wszelaki
Associate Professor
Commercial Vegetable Extension Specialist
Plant Sciences