by OMAFRA Ag Rep Brian Bell
Working in collaboration, OMAFRA’s Food Safety and Traceability Programs Branch (FSTPB), Agricultural Development Branch (ADB) and Environmental Management Branch (EMB) have developed a series of free online courses that provide flexible education and learning opportunities. These courses will provide producers, processors and Agri-food businesses with information to: reduce risk to businesses and their customers; suggest ways to improve efficiencies; learn more about industry best practices; develop a more competitive edge and access new markets; help businesses grow. All of the courses are delivered online and are self-paced, can be taken any time, from anywhere internet access is available, limited time commitment with some courses designed to take just 20-30 minutes to complete. Courses currently available: Food Safety Foundations; Food Safety Foundations; and The Basics of Traceability. Courses coming soon: water use, worker practices, maximizing your traceability investment, growing your farm profits, sanitation, recall, personnel and profiting from traceability. For additional information and course registration, visit the Agriculture and Food Education in Ontario (www.agandfoodeducation.ca) through the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus.