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FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food Training July 25‐27, 2017

The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk‐based Preventive Controls for Animal Food regulation (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Animal Food regulation) is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a "preventive controls qualified individual" who has "successfully completed training in the development and application of risk‐based preventive controls, or is otherwise qualified through job experience to develop and apply a food safety system". This course developed by the FSPCA is the "standardized curriculum" recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a "preventive controls qualified individual."

These courses are taught by Lead Instructors trained by the FSPCA, who have been instructed in how to teach the FDA‐recognized standardized curriculum. Visit our website for online registration and additional information.

Fee: $225 includes refreshments, lunches, and certificate.
Locations: FDA Offices
Cascadia Training Room
22215 26th Ave. SE
Bothell, WA 98021
425‐302‐0340
Many hotels in the area – no room rates

Cruise Provisioning

Sharing local products with cruise ship passengers is a huge opportunity. Seattle brings in so many visitors each year, it really helps sustain many local businesses.

Organic Farming Research Foundation educational guides

Organic Farming Research Foundation has published a new series of educational guides designed to help organic farmers and ranchers enhance the soil health and overall resilience of their operations. These guides to practical organic soil health management will assist farmers in selecting the best practices for their particular circumstances, while leading the way toward more sustainable agricultural systems

The first three guides in the series are now available to download free of charge. The remaining four guides will be released over the coming weeks. This summer, a limited number of printed copies will be available upon request. The complete series includes:

Now available:

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Building Organic Matter for Healthy Soils: An Overview
A discussion of the attributes of healthy soil, the central role of organic matter, and how to monitor and enhance soil organic matter and soil health in organic production.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Weed Management: An Ecological Approach
An ecological approach to integrated weed management tools that reduce the need for soil disturbance.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Practical Conservation Tillage
The impacts of tillage on soil health, including practical, soil-friendly tillage practices for organic systems.

Coming soon:

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Cover Crops: Selection and Management
Selecting the best cover crops, mixes, and management methods for soil health, including crop rotations and cropping system biodiversity.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Plant Genetics: Plant Breeding and Variety Selection
Plant breeding and variety selection for performance in sustainable organic systems, including potential benefits to soil biology and soil health.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Water Management and Water Quality
The role of soil health and organic soil management in water conservation and water quality.

Soil Health and Organic Farming
Nutrient Management for Crops, Soil, and the Environment
The role of soil health and the soil food web, including practical guidelines for adapting soil test-based nutrient recommendations (especially N) for organic systems.

Farm King County Livestock Marketing and USDA Processing Project

More than 90 attendees came to Farm King County’s livestock producer workshops in April. With a fantastic informational speaker line-up covering topic areas of 1) market demand from buyers, 2) USDA processing and costs, and 3) livestock producers experiences, attendees came away from the workshop with a clear understanding of meat processing options and market challenges and business opportunities. In May, a survey was sent to attendees for their livestock numbers and species, harvest months and harvest frequency, and location via city and zip code. This information will be used by the project team to plan for 1) meeting minimum numbers for USDA Mobile Processing Unit; 2) site selection for the mobile unit. The survey closes today. Once we know livestock producers' harvest numbers and schedule, as well as location, we can assess potential sites for the Mobile Processing Unit in King County to meet producer’s infrastructure needs. Currently, farmers are driving their animals 2-6 hours away for processing. This project is funded through a King Conservation District Regional Food Program Grant. For more information contact Patrice Barrentine at 206-477-1556.

USDA Unveils New ‘Urban Agriculture Toolkit’ for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs

The face of agriculture is changing, and urban agriculture is one of the latest movements to challenge the traditional view of farming. From rooftop gardens to aquaponics centers in old warehouses to growing crops on abandoned properties, urban agriculture provides many benefits to a community, including closer neighborhood ties, reduced crime, education and job training opportunities, and healthy food access for low-income residents. Download the toolkit.

Poultry Processing Equipment Available for Rent

King Conservation District provides low-cost rental of equipment for small-scale producers to safely process poultry for home consumption, or to slaughter poultry for direct marketing with a WSDA permit. At this time no other poultry processing equipment is available for rent in King County. The KCD project helps producers fill the demand for locally-grown chicken, turkey, and other poultry.

KCD rental equipment is provided in partnership with the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC), which manages online scheduling, and Grange Supply in Issaquah, which serves as the pick-up and drop-off location.

Food Safety Modernization Act Resources.

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.

Upcoming Events

Invasive Knotweed Control Workshops, July 12, various locations

Season Extension in High Value Specialty Crops Farm Walk — Season Extension, Monday, July 10, Growing Washington, Everson

Sno-Valley Tilth monthly potluck and farm tour. July 10,

Hands-On Poultry Processing, July 12, 2017

Sno-Valley Tilth monthly potluck and farm tour, August 14,

Organic Medicinal Herb Production Farm Walk, Monday, August 21, Sego Herb Farm, La Center

Sno-Valley Tilth monthly potluck and farm tour, September11,

Cider Production: From Tree to Tap Farm Walk, Monday, September 25, SixKnot Cider, Carlton

Organic Seed Production, Monday, October 2, Organic Seed Alliance and Essential Blooms, Chimacum

WSU NW Research Center in Mt. Vernon: Cider Foundation Class, October 9-13, 2017, This is a beginning production class

CINA Cider & Perry Production: Science & Practice, Nov 27-Dec 1, 2017. This is an advanced production class.