Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Farm Bureau Food Safety Discussions

The NC Farm Bureau Specialty Crops Director, Debbie Hamrick, is in the process of traveling all around NC collecting comments from farmers about the impacts of fresh produce safety regulations on small and medium size farms in NC. Her goal is to submit your concerns, comments, suggestions and experise directly to the folks writing the legislation.

Debbie Hamrick will be presenting information about proposed federal regulations and listening to your concerns about what will and will not work for you. Your comments will be passed on to FDA and USDA now, before regulations are written.If you would like to submit your comments directly to the Food and Drug Administration, here is your opportunity. This will impact all producers and you should let your thoughts be heard!

Please join us at either of the following meetings for a review and discussion of these issues. All meetings are on Tuesday, March 16, 2010.

7:30am – Complimentary Breakfast Noon – Complimentary Lunch
Cleveland County Farm Bureau McDowell County Farm Bureau
1503 West Dixon Blvd. (Hwy 74 Bypass) 21 Buncombe Street
Shelby, NC 28152 Marion, NC 28752
704-482-2436 828-652-4525

6:30pm – Complimentary Supper
Rutherford County Farm Bureau
153 Reservation Drive
Spindale, NC 28160

Who should attend? Fruit and vegetable producers. Small producers with production of less than 100 acres are especially welcome. Wholesale growers, retail / farm stand growers, growers with CSAs or who sell at farmers markets are encouraged to attend. While we realize this topic may be of interest to non-producers, this meeting is for producers only.

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