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Extension to host microprocessor workshop

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By Maryellen Garrison

The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services are partnering to support farm friendly legislation. House Bill 391 and Farmers Market Legislation allows Kentucky farmers who grow and harvest produce to process value-added products and sell them from designated farmers markets, certified roadside stands and the processors’ farms. There are two processing categories in H.B. 391, homebased processors and homebased microprocessors.

Homebased processors may sell jams, jellies, breads, fruit pies, cakes and cookies after they register with the Cabinet for Health Services. There is no fee and application forms are available from Donna M. Stucker, Food Safety Branch, DonnaM.Stucker@ky.gov or call 502-564-7181.

Homebased microprocessors may sell acid, acidified and low-acid foods. Prior to sending the homebased microprocessor application form and $50 application fee to the Cabinet for Health Services, farmers must attend  a homebased microprocessor workshop and have their recipes approved.  The cost of the workshop is $50.

Farmers must attend the entire workshop and pass both exams to complete the workshop as established by HB 391 regulations. Recipes must also be approved by a designated representative of the University of Kentucky, at a fee of $5 for each recipe. Once homebased microprocessor certification is received, it is up to the processor to follow recommended, safe canning procedures before the sale of their value-added products.  Questions should be directed to Dr. Sandra Bastin at 859-257-1812 or e-mail sbastin@uky.edu.

There are several homebased microprocessor workshops for 2012 scheduled; for a full list go to:  www.ca.uky.edu/agcomm/micro/.  We are very fortunate that the Henry County Extension Office will be the site of a videoconference workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 29.  Extension specialist Sandra Bastin will be available to answer questions from 2-3:30 p.m.  There also is a workshop scheduled for the Carroll County Extension Office on Tuesday, March 27, if that date suits you better.  This is the closest workshop offerings that we have ever had.  
Farmers may register online, by e-mail at debbie.clouthier@uky.edu, or by calling 859-257-1812.
Please send the $50 workshop registration fee to: Dr. Sandra Bastin, 206 Funkhouser Building, University of KY, Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0054 and make checks payable to the University of Kentucky.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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