New Farmer Calendar
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Best Practices for Food Safety in Value-Added Foods
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Value-added food producers and processors of all sizes want to produce the safest food possible for their customers and consumers. While not all food producers and processors are legally required to follow specific regulatory requirements due to their size of operation or the type of products they produce, all can and should utilize some basic Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), which are the basic sanitary and processing requirements necessary to ensure the production of safe food. GMPs are also essential to meeting current and future FDA and USDA food safety requirements, and are a key prerequisite for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) programs, which are required for certain food products, including meat and poultry, juice, seafood, and some vacuum packed products, and by some food buyers. This webinar will provide an overview of these Good Manufacturing Practices and other related food safety best practices for value-added food producers and processors.
Our presenter will be Dr. Londa Nwadike, University of Vermont Extension Food Safety Specialist
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Bovine Milk Fats: A look at Organic Milk
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: eOrgranic has invited Gillian Butler, Newcastle University (UK), to share her research results on fat composition of organic and conventional retail milk in England. In this webinar, she will share some of her results and how they may affect the organic dairy community. Generally organic milk has a ‘better’ fat profile but not in all cases, and there is scope for further improvement.
This program is free, but space is limited. Advanced registration is required: www1.gotomeeting.com/register/439305856
Reaping the Rewards of Farm Financial Records-- NFP Webinar
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Record keeping on the farm is a chore that many of us put off. With the new year around the corner, make better record keeping your resolution! Join the Vermont New Farmer Project to learn strategies for farm financial record keeping that work. Mark Cannella, agricultural financial management specialist at UVM Extension, will help you prioritize your financial record keeping efforts, share tips for developing an effective record keeping system and show you how to use your records to make savvy farm management decisions. This introductory webinar will get your new fiscal year started off right.
Plan to join the webinar about 15 minutes before it begins. Visit www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html and click on the webinar title to join.
On the last Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm, the UVM Extension New Farmer Project offers an online webinar on topics of interest to new farmers. You can find the latest listing of upcoming webinars at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=webinars/upcoming_webinars.php&SM=webinars/sub-menu.html