| 2016 Convention
28 Day Hill Road ● Windsor, Connecticut
Friday, December 2
7:00 am * Registration Desk Open
A training course for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’ For more information, click here.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm * Welcome Cocktail Reception Exhibits Tables Open
Saturday, December 3
7:00 am * Registration Desk Open Exhibits Tables Open
8:30 am * Welcome
9:00 am * Antibiotic Stewardship and Health Care Practices for our Food Animals
A SARE Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education Professional Development Project of UConn, UMASS, and URI
A presentation and discussion on health care for our food animals and specifically the use of antibiotics and the growing concerns about antibiotic resistance. The use of antibiotics in agriculture, particularly in food-producing animals, is pervasive and represents the overwhelming majority of antibiotic use worldwide. Eighty percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in food animal production systems. New FDA and USDA regulations are moving toward reducing the use of antibiotics in agriculture. Changes in animal production systems can both prevent disease and reduce the need for antibiotics.
10:00 am * New England Farm Economy Panel
11:00 am * Food Safety Modernization Act
A discussion about what to expect throughout the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
12:30 pm * Lunch
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm:
Food System Co-operative Development in Connecticut
Report from the Legislative Committee
The New England Farmers Union Policy Book
Election of NEFU Directors, NEFU Officers and NFU Convention Delegates
Many Thanks To Our Growing List of 2016 Convention Sponsors!