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12th Ag Day a Big Success

Press release by Georgia Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Week in Georgia is officially kicked off thanks to a successful Ag Day celebration held Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Hosted by Governor Nathan Deal and Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black, the event drew visitors from across Georgia, including members of the General Assembly, 4-H and FFA students and representatives of various agricultural organizations. Attendees had the opportunity to visit with commodity groups and agricultural organizations from across the state as they sampled many of the tasty products produced in Georgia. “This is a fun and educational event for all involved,” said
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GLOBALG.A.P Training May 4-6, 2015

Article submitted by GLOBALG.A.P. GLOBALG.A.P. is offering a training May 4-6, 2015 in Salinas, California. This Crops Public Worskhop is a 3-day program, featuring 2 days of classroom instruction followed by 1 day of on-farm observation with a mock audit.  It provides an excellent foundation in our crops produce standards, governance and integrity systems, and it fulfills one of the requirements for our Farm Assurer consultant program qualifications.  It will be taught by one of our top international trainers, technical specialists and CIRPO integrity program assessors. If you are interested please complete page 4 of the registration form and submit it
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GEORGIA BLUEBERRY REFERENDUM PASSES

Press release by Georgia Farm Bureau. Georgia blueberry growers agreed to continue the assessment on blueberries grown in Georgia during the recent referendum, held Jan. 21 through Feb. 20. The blueberry marketing order passed with 77.45 percent of eligible grower ballots cast in favor of continuing the assessment at a rate of $5 per ton of marketed blueberries. Funds received from the grower assessment on blueberries can be spent on research, education and promotion of blueberries. The Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Blueberries determines which projects to fund with assessment dollars. Funded projects for 2015 include research on anti-oxidant and
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GFVGA Offers Refund to Members Who Complete GAPs Training

Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association wants its members to better understand food safety practices. Therefore, the association is offering a $140 refund to members that complete the GAPs Online Produce Food Safety Course which focuses on Implementing Good Agricultural Practices. This is a 3-week long, web-based course offered through the National GAPs program with Cornell University. It is intended to improve your understanding of GAPs to guide assessment of food safety risks and implementation of practices to reduce risks on fresh produce farms. The cost of the course is $190 and GFVGA will reimburse you $140 upon completion of the course.
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Primus Labs Announces Sale of Auditing Division to Javier Sollozo

With the recent sale of PrimusLabs’ audit division of the company to Javier Sollozo, GFVGA staff wants to be sure you know how this affects you. PrimusLabs has retained ownership of all audit schemes including the various PrimusLabs audits and the new version of the PrimusGFS audit. Javier Sollozo’s new company d.b.a. Primus Auditing Operations will handle the actual scheduling and implementation of the audits. There have not been any changes in how to go about scheduling an audit; you can continue to contact the audit department at PrimusLabs and will be put in contact with the correct people or go online
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Get your Food Safety Program ready for the 2015 Season!

The new growing season is quickly approaching, do you and your employees have all the training requirements to receive all the available points on a Primus GFS audit? article by Erin Holliman, Food Safety Specialist Employees handling and spraying pesticides on your farm must have a Pesticides Applicator’s license. This license proves that the handlers are competent of the role they play in the safety of the product as it relates to pesticide residues and post-harvest intervals. For a Georgia resident to receive a license, handlers must be trained in chemical handling and worker protection safety through the Georgia Department
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