Five More Locations to Host Produce Safety Workshops with UTIA Experts​

Producers are invited to attend workshops to learn about food safety during production and after harvest. UTIA experts will be presenting on a wide variety of topics. Image courtesy UTIA.

Produce growers work hard to produce an abundant supply of fresh, high quality fruits and vegetables. An important part of producing high quality crops is knowing and minimizing potential food safety risks during production and after harvest.  To help meet growers’ needs, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Departments of Food Science and Plant Sciences are offering a six-part workshop series on produce safety for growers across the state.

Annette Wszelaki, associate professor of plant sciences, says, “We kicked off this series on Monday, October 30, in Johnson City with a workshop on postharvest handling and sanitation. Participants really enjoyed the focused content and hands on activities. They also took many resources back to their farms that will help them implement what they’ve learned in their own operations.”

Five more hands-on workshops in this Produce Safety Series will be presented across the state, each featuring a different focus throughout November and December.

Soil Amendments
 – November 14, Chattanooga

Wildlife, Domesticated Animals and Land Use
 – November 28, Murfreesboro 

Production Water
 – December 5, Ashland City

Postharvest Water
 – December 6, Martin 

Worker Health & Hygiene
 – December 7, Memphis

To register for one of the workshops offered, click on the name of the workshop listed above. The workshops in Chattanooga, Murfreesboro and Martin are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch provided. While the Production Water workshop in Ashland City is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with dinner provided and the Worker Health & Hygiene workshop in Memphis is from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with breakfast provided.  The workshops are free and registration is required to assure enough food and resource materials for everyone.

Funding for these workshops has been provided through federal grant funds to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture with the goal of providing growers with the resources and knowledge to implement food safety best practices on their farms.

For more information about vegetable production and for grower resources, visit 

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Annette Wszelaki, Plant Sciences, 

Faith Critzer, Food Science,


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