Programs

FSMA Hazard Analysis &Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food

A Food Safety Plan as detailed in The Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food course (aka Preventive Controls for Human Food) is required of food facilities that register with the US FDA. This course teaches you how to develop and implement a food safety plan and meets the training requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
HACCP, ServSafe, Food Handlers Certification, Foodservice Managers Certification, Food Safety Certification, and similar courses are not substitutes for the Preventive Controls for Human Food course, even if the title of the course looks similar.

Dates: August 29-31, 2017
Times: August 29 and 30 (8am-5pm); August 31 (8am-4pm)
Venue: Pagoda Catering, C’est Si Bon Building, 2nd Floor;
1525 Rycroft St. Honolulu, HI 96814 (Enter From Kanunu St,; use Ross Parking)
Instuctor: Dr. Aurora A. Saulo
Sponsored by the: Cooperative Extenstion Food Tech Program UH CTAHR

Click more info see : Brochure PC Human Food PPTX V20


NRCS Announces Farm Bill Program Application Deadlines in Pacific Islands Area

Honolulu, HI —July 03, 2017 – Pacific Islands agricultural producers and forestry managers who want to address natural resources and increase environmental benefits are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) or the Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA) through the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Travis Thomason, PIA NRCS Director, announced that October 20, 2017 will be the application deadline in PIA.  “Producers can sign up for Farm Bill Programs at any time throughout the year, but to compete for the upcoming funding period, I encourage producers with resource concerns to submit an application by the application deadline,” Thomason explains.

Many applicants have shown interest in funding to address soil erosion and water quality issues on cropland.  However, there are also funding for addressing issues on grazing land operations, confined livestock operations, organic producers, and wildlife habitat improvements, just to name a few.

Producers interested in EQIP or AMA should submit a signed application to the local NRCS field office or submit it electronically through the Conservation Client Gateway (www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/cgate/). Applications submitted by October 20, 2017 will be evaluated by NRCS staff for funding.

Applicants must meet eligibility requirements in order to participate in EQIP or AMA.  NRCS field office staff will work with applicants to determine eligibility and answer ranking questions.  If an application is ranked high enough to be selected for funding, the applicant will work with the local NRCS field office staff to develop a contract.

EQIP and AMA are voluntary conservation program available for agricultural producers and forestry managers.  Through these programs, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices that reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, improve grazing lands, improve water and air quality, create wildlife habitat, improve forest health and more.  For more information on EQIP or AMA, contact the local NRCS field office or visit www.PIA.nrcs.usda.gov.


Financial Assistance

The University of Southern California (USC) operates the TAAF program through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Commerce (DOC) specifically established to assist manufacturers, agriculture producers, and service providers who have been negatively impacted by foreign competition.

If a company qualifies, the program can provide federal tax dollars that can be used to help underwrite key consulting projects to improve a company’s competitive position. Projects can include quality management certifications, marketing, information technology among others. While being an active participate in the program, Western TAAC is able to share with you industry profile information regarding your industry.

Please visit our website for more information: http://wesrac.usc.edu/wtaac and to take the Litmus Test http://wesrac.usc.edu/wtaac/petition/litmustest.asp .

http://hfbf.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/WTAAC-brochure17-002.pdf