BROOKINGS - South Dakota State University's Extension is offering food safety training for growers of fresh fruit and vegetables later this month at several locations across the state.

The training will be May 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. CDT and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. MDT. The training will be held at the West River Agricultural Center in Rapid City and available via closed-circuit TV at Extension Regional Centers in Aberdeen, Watertown, Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Pierre.

The training is geared toward managers of Farmers Markets and other professionals. Topics covered will include recent state and national legislation pertaining to food safety, production and handling practices, third-party safety certification and developing a farm food safety plan.

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