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University of Illinois Extension serving Grundy, Kankakee and Will Counties

Main Office (Kankakee County)
1650 Commerce Drive
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: 815-933-8337
FAX: 815-933-8532
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Grundy County)
4004 N. Division
Morris, IL 60450
Phone: 815-942-2725
FAX: 815-942-9519
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Will County)
100 Manhattan Road
Joliet, IL 60433
Phone: 815-727-9296
FAX: 815-727-9364
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

News Release

Good Agricultural Practices Workshop

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop is being offered by University of Illinois Extension on February 27, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. this workshop will be held at Will County, 100 Manhattan Drive, Joliet, IL 60443.

Food safety begins with sound practices on the farm, especially with fresh vegetable and fruit produce that is eaten raw. Recent outbreaks of food borne illnesses involving both fresh and processed food products have heightened public concern about food safety. Increasingly more consumers want to know how their food is grown. Most fresh produce retailers now require the producers who supply them to have 3rd party audits to verify safe food production and handling practices on the farm. The recently signed bill on food safety overhaul underscores the growing emphasis on food safety and the need for fresh produce farmers to produce a safe product.

This workshop has benefits for all producers, retailers and wholesalers in supermarkets, Farmers' Markets, or for business owners in service industries. In particular, the GAPs workshop will equip producers with the knowledge to put together a written food safety plan. By becoming food safety compliant, producers will stay competitive in the specialty produce business.

The following topics will be covered:

  • GAPs produce safety impacts
  • Post harvest produce handling
  • Water quality and testing
  • Auditing farms for GAPs/food safety
  • Soil management/manure management
  • Worker health and hygiene

Cost per participant, including lunch, is $10. Pre-registration is required online at by February 22. With this online registration opportunity, you may use a credit card and immediately pay and confirm your registration. Online, you may also choose to pay by check which will tentatively register you until your check is received in the office. Additionally, you may call the office at 815/727-9296 register by credit card or visit the office to pay in person.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Unit Office at least two weeks prior to the event. University of Illinois Extension offers practical, research-based programs that help people improve their lives and address critical community issues involving youth, families, economics, health and natural resources.

Source: James Theuri, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms,