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Maryland Department of Ag to Host Poultry and Rabbit Processing Training

Attendees can receive MDA certification    

Hagerstown, Md. (January 13, 2015) – The Washington County Department of Business Development Office of Agricultural Business Development is pleased to invite poultry and rabbit handlers to attend a processing certification training January 20, 2015, at the Maryland Department of Agriculture in the lower level conference rooms, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis. 

This one-day workshop is mandatory for producers who want to become certified to prepare poultry and/or rabbits for sales at farmers’ markets, retailers and restaurants in Maryland.

Workshop participants will learn how to recognize diseases of public health concern, basic biosecurity measures, how to write and implement basic Standard Sanitary Operating Procedures, Good Manufacturing Practices and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point plans, offal and waste water disposal.   

A fee of $25 per person and advanced registration is required to attend the workshop. Registration closes January 16. Fee includes training materials, refreshments and lunch.

 To become certified, producers must:

  • Complete the training
  • Pass a brief test at the training
  • Submit an application for certification along with a $75.00 annual fee
  • Be inspected by MDA

For more information, contact Sherry Weygant at 410-841-5769 or sherry.weygant@maryland.gov.

Those in the agricultural community interested in more information, please contact Leslie Hart at 301-432-4782 or lhart@hagerstownedc.org.

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About the Washington County Department of Business Development, Agricultural Business Development  

The Washington County Department of Business Development (DBD), Agricultural Business Development is a County agency providing assistance to new and expanding businesses throughout Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland. The DBD, Agricultural Business Development is responsible for developing, marketing, and managing economic development strategies and implementing marketing programs to attract, retain, preserve and grow agricultural enterprises and related industries. The DBD interacts with a vast network of public, private and nonprofit organizations to address the agricultural and business needs of the community, as well as attract new companies to the County. Visit www.hagerstownedc.org/agricultural-marketing for more information.

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