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Free ‘Good Agricultural Practices’ webinars

The CSU Food Science and Human Nutrition department is producing three webinars titled “Good Agricultural Practices:? Farm-to-Table Food Safety for Colorado Produce Crops.” These webinars will be one hour each and are free to the public. Producers, buyers, and all those interested in food safety and good agricultural practices are invited to attend. They will be given on March 16, 23 and 30; the time is yet to be determined. The first 30 participants to sign up and attend all three webinars will be eligible to get a $30 value water testing kit and CSU GAPs and Food Safety Participation Certificate.

March 16 — Part I: Introduction

• Foodborne Illness and Potential Sources of On-Farm Contamination

• Update on Pending Legislation (S.510)

• Worker Hygiene and Health

March 23 — Part II: Minimizing Risks During Production

• In the Field: Site Selection, Field Sanitation

• Manure Handling and Application

• Water Quality and Testing

March 30 — Part III: Minimizing Risk During Harvest and Post Harvest

• Washing and Packing Operations

• Cooling and Storage

• Transportation and Traceback

After the webinars, recordings will be posted to farmtotable.colostate.edu. To register or for more information, contact Gretchen Wall at CSUGAPs@gmail.com.

Tree and seedling sale

The San Juan Conservation District is offering local landowners the opportunity to purchase a variety of high-quality, reasonably prices seedling trees and shrubs for different conservation uses, shelter belts, reforestation and wildlife habitat enhancement.

Seedlings come from the Colorado State Forest Service nursery in Fort Collins. Bare root trees are available in multiples of 50 per species and potted trees are available in multiples of 30 per species. Orders are being taken through March 25 and will be available for pick up on April 13.

Need an order form? You can stop by the Extension Office at the Fairgrounds or go by the San Juan CD at 505A Piedra Road. For more information, please call the San Juan Conservation District at 731-3615.

Last chance to register for beef symposium

The 28th annual San Juan Basin Extension Beef Cattle Symposium will take place on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango. This year the focus will primary be on profitability, nutrition, and management. Topics include: Colorado Cattlemen’s Association update, future outlook for the livestock industry, sustainable profitability of cow-calf enterprises, nutrition for cows/heifers in the third trimester and beyond, managing fertility in cows and bulls and Mobile Slaughter: Is it a Viable Option? Registration cost is $20 before Feb. 11 or $25 after. This cost includes six informative presentations, lunch and refreshments. Stop by and pick up your registration form today at the CSU Extension Office. For more information, call 264-5931.

Calendar

Feb. 10 — 11:45 a.m., Mountain View Homemakers Club; 5 p.m., 4-H Lamb project; 6 p.m., 4-H Goat project.

Feb. 11 — 2 p.m., Wolf Creek Wonders 4-H Club.

Feb. 14?— 3:45 p.m., 4-H Clothing project.

Feb. 16 — 4 p.m., 4-H Sportfishing project; 4:30 p.m., 4-H Veterinary Science project at San Juan Vet Hospital; 6 p.m., Archuleta County Fair Board meeting.

Feb. 17 — 8 a.m., Beef Cattle Symposium, Durango.

Feb. 18 — 2 p.m., 4-H Dog Agility project; 3 p.m., 4-H Rabbit project; 4 p.m., 4-H Turkey project.

Feb. 21 — Office closed in observance of President’s Day.

Check out our webpage at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and info.