Florida workshop focuses on food safety manualsA one-day workshop organized by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and its Cooperative Extension Service is designed to help produce growers develop food safety manuals for their operations.

The April 2 workshop is limited to 20 growing operations, but each operation can send more than one person. Registration is $30 for the first person and $10 for each additional person from the same farm, according to a news release.

Sessions will include use of a Web-based food safety manual development program. The extension service will provide one laptop per grower for use during the workshop if growers don’t have their own computers to use.

At the end of the day-long workshop, growers will be able to print out the manuals they create.

The workshop is scheduled at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center and is partially paid for with a Specialty Crops block Grant through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For registration information, call Jennifer Hicks at 904-209-0430.