Registration for New Workshops Focused on Treating Preharvest Agricultural Water

— Written By and last updated by Chris Gunter

Bridging the GAPs: Approaches for Treating Preharvest Agricultural Water On-Farm

Fruit and vegetable growers are continually assessing their operations to determine
where they can limit risk and increase productivity. As a result, many have expressed interest in learning more about how on-farm preharvest water treatment systems work and how they may fit within their current setup. Come for a day-long course with Extension specialists and produce regulatory staff in North Carolina to gain exposure to different approaches to treating water on-farm; how to implement these systems to meet requirements of the Produce Safety Rule; and how to verify that the system is operating as intended.

Cost & Registration

$50 registration fee includes all course resources as well as morning and afternoon
snacks and lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Gunter (, Chip Simmons (; 919-414-5632), Elena Rogers (; 828-352-2519), or Lynette Johnston (

Date Location Registration Deadline Registration Link
2/5/2020 Horticultural Crops Research
Station, 2450 Faison HWY, Clinton, NC 28328
2/3/2020 Register Online
2/18/2020 Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759 2/15/2020 Register Online
3/3/2020 N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Piedmont Research Station, 8530 Sherrills Ford Road, Salisbury, NC 28147 2/29/20 Register Online


Time Module
9–9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15–9:45 a.m. The Why, What, and How of this Curriculum?
9:45–10:15 a.m. Module 1: Agricultural Water Treatment and FSMA
10:15 a.m.– noon Module 2: Agricultural Water Treatment Tools
Noon–12:45 p.m. LUNCH
12:45–2:30 p.m. Module 3: Developing On-Farm Agricultural Water Treatment Programs
2:30–3:45 p.m. Module 4: Implementing Agricultural Water Treatment on the Farm
3:45–5:00 p.m. Group Session: Identifying Challenges and Approaches for this Training and Associated Resources


Chris Gunter
Extension Specialist
Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University

Chip Simmons
Area Specialized Agent – Food Safety
Fresh Produce Safety – Eastern NC
Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University

Elena Rogers
Area Specialized Agent – Food Safety
Fresh Produce Safety – Western NC
Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University

Lynette Johnston
Food Safety Area Specialized Agent
Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University