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The Women's Agricultural Network
Webinar: Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Rules Commenting

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: The deadline for making comments on the Food Safety Modernization Act proposed rules is November 15. When finalized, these rules will affect many Vermont vegetable and fruit growers, large and small. Even if your farm falls in an ‘exempt’ category we anticipate these rules will influence standards for what the marketplace expects of all growers. UVM Extension, NOFA-Vermont and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture are hosting a webinar on November 4 from noon to 1 pm that will go over the elements of a strong comment, give examples of talking points for different types of farms, identify alternatives to the proposed rules, and walk you through how to submit comments on-line. The webinar will not explain the details of FSMA, it will focus on how to comment. Please prepare ahead of time by getting familiar with the proposed rules; here are some resources: UNH FSMA website: extension.unh.edu/Food-Safety-Modernization-Act-FSMA UVM Extension FSMA article: www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/factsheets/Understanding_FSMA_Rule.pdf National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition website: sustainableagriculture.net/fsma/ American Farmland Trust webinar (takes a couple minutes to load): www.farmland.org/programs/states/ma/Food-Safety-Modernization-Act.asp

Email questions to: virginia.nickerson@uvm.edu, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Space is limited; register at: www4.gotomeeting.com/register/173761087.

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