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October 29, 2013

Business news in brief, week of Oct. 27, 2013

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Individual artists living and working in Indiana may apply for up to $2,000 from the IAP grant, which requires no matching funds. The grants are intended to assist artists with specific project-related costs that will help them further their career and provide some form of public benefit through the completed project.

Application guidelines and the online grant application system can be found at www.in.gov/arts/individualartistprogram.htm. First-time IAP applicants may submit a draft application by Jan. 17, 2014.

For more information, contact Kristina Davis-Smith at 317-232-1279 or email kdavis-smith@iac.in.gov.

Webinars set on fruit, vegetable food safety

WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue Extension online workshops helping fruit and vegetable farmers meet food safety regulations should they want to sell their products to restaurants, wholesalers, food hubs and other operations will continue in November.

The webinar series "Good Agricultural Practices from A to Z" will be Nov. 14, 19 and 21 at numerous locations in Indiana. It will include sessions on health and hygiene, water quality and treatment, animals and animal products, sanitation on the farm, documentation and recordkeeping, and farm food safety plans.

Jodee Ellett, Purdue Extension's local foods coordinator, noted that farmers wanting to sell to restaurants, brokers, wholesalers, food hubs and some auctions will be required to not only register with the state as a wholesale fruit and vegetable wholesaler but also show proof of knowledge of food safety Good Agricultural Practices, known in the industry as GAPs. Attending "Good Agricultural Practices from A to Z" will meet this requirement of the new regulations.

Attendance at all three sessions is required to receive a GAPs Certificate of Attendance from Purdue Extension.

The webinars will be given 1-4 p.m. EDT. The nearest location to Cass County is at the Purdue University Campus Agricultural Administration Building, Room 121, 615 W. State St., West Lafayette.

Registration, due by Nov. 5, costs $30 per person and $10 for each additional person from the same farm. Those who would like to join from another location with high-speed Internet connection can do so at no charge.

Participants can register online at https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_brw5RrwGUeSqDI1. Those interested in participating, needing special accommodations or having questions should contact Jodee Ellett at 765-494-0349 or jellett@purdue.edu.

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