If you are interested in learning more about the 2015 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program competitive solicitation process, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is sponsoring several workshop opportunities that will get you up to speed.  The Department is holding four workshops (and two webinars) that will provide an overview of the program, a walkthrough of the online application system, a description of requirements for grant recipients and grant writing tips for interested parties.  The workshops and webinars are free; however, you must register in advance as space is limited.  

Matt McInerney

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is hosting a listening session on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) in Sacramento, California, on Thursday November 6, 2014.  The event is sponsored by Western Growers and several other agriculture organizations and is intended to provide industry with an overview of the updated proposed rules, solicit comments, respond to questions, and inform the public about the rulemaking process.

Hank Giclas

Some people view traceability as a component of their recall program; however, others including regulators view traceability much differently as food safety issues unfold. This free webinar will provide participants with an overview of key components of a recall program and the key elements of the action once a recall takes place.  Participants will also be walked through key traceability concepts and be briefed on how regulations will impact future traceability requirements.

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