Winter is a busy time for agriculture-related programs offered by University of Missouri Extension. One unique offering is an FSMA Food Safety Training, a workshop designed for commercial fruit and vegetable producers. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 29 at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield.
A registration fee of $50 will be charged to cover expenses. Registration can be done online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene and is needed prior to Jan. 25.
“Now that the FSMA rules for fresh produce are in place, farmers are encouraged to attend this workshop, which will satisfy the mandated training requirement for FSMA compliance,” said Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist, University of Missouri Extension.
Under Missouri law, MU Extension’s training provides certification to obtain a Private Pesticide Applicators License for Missouri agricultural producers and also counts for recertification requirements. The training will not certify for commercial application licenses.
Tim Schnakenberg, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, is the instructor for these classes.
The training in Greene County is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 at the Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield. There is a charge of $25 per person for the program.
Pre-registration online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene is preferred but can also be done by calling 417-881-8909 or mailing a check to the Greene County Extension office.
Training to obtain a Missouri Private Pesticide Applicators License for agricultural producers (or to recertify) are also planned for adjoining counties.
· Lawrence County – 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at the MU Southwest Research Center, 14548 State Hwy H, Mt. Vernon; call 417-466-3102 to register
· Stone County – 1 p.m. Feb. 9, Stone County Annex, 106 E. 5th St., south side of square in Galena; call 417-357-6812 to register.
· Barry County – 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Barry County Courthouse Commission Room, 700 Main St., Cassville or 5:30 p.m. at the Cassville High School Vo-Ag Dept.; call 417-847-3161 to register.
· Taney County – 1 p.m. Feb. 16, Taneyville Municipal Building, 227 Central Ave., Taneyville; call 417-546-4431 to register.
· Christian County – 8:30 a.m. March 22, First Baptist Church, 105 Kennedy Ave., Clever; call 417-581-3558 to register.
Two well-known and respected University of Missouri Extension cattle experts will be traveling to south-central Missouri and will conduct three separate programs in Gainesville, West Plains and Mountain Grove on Jan. 22-23.
Dr. Eric Bailey, state beef cattle nutritionist with MU Extension, will present information on stretching dwindling hay supplies.
Dr. Craig Payne, MU Extension veterinarian, will address issues associated with anaplasmosis problems in beef herds a year after the institution of the veterinary feed directive controlling antibiotic use in animal feeds.
There is a $10 fee for each program, and advance registration is necessary. Programs are planned for the following dates and locations:
Gainesville: 3 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Ozark County Extension Office, 526 3rd St., Gainesville. Register by calling 417-679-3525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Plaines: 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at Howell County Extension Center, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd, West Plains. Register by calling 417-256-2391 or email email@example.com.
Mountain Grove: 3 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Missouri State University Fruit Experiment Station, 9740 Red Spring Road, Mountain Grove. Register by calling 417-547-7540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Burton, civic communication specialist for University of Missouri Extension, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO 65807, can be reached at 881-8909 or email@example.com.