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Farmers, Ranchers, Regulators, Researchers Participate in “California Good Ag Neighbors: The Produce Safety – Livestock Interface Workshop”

Natalie Krout-Greenberg, director of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Division of Inspection Services, welcomes participants to a collegial environment.

The California Good Ag Neighbors: The Produce-Livestock Interface Workshop series is bringing together farmers, ranchers, academia and state and federal regulators to share and learn about the most innovative tools, information and research available to prevent foodborne illness, while continuing to work together to promote and provide diverse and resilient California agriculture.

The first of two California Good Ag Neighbors workshops was held June 11 in Holtville, located in Southern California’s agriculturally vibrant Imperial Valley. The second workshop is today (June 13) in Stockton, in the fertile Central Valley. Click here to learn more about the workshops.

CDFA’s Produce Safety Program (PSP) worked with the UC Davis Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (WIFSS) to produce the California Good Ag Neighbors workshops. “Educate Then Regulate” is a core value of PSP’s role to educate California produce farmers on how to comply with the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule, and then regulate farms to ensure they are in compliance.

Farmers, ranchers, regulators and researchers attend California Good Ag Neighbors: The Produce-Livestock Interface Workshop at the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville on June 12.
In one break-out session, participants discuss best practices in maintaining vibrant and healthy California agriculture.
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