MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host a regional workshop in Olathe on Feb. 10 to assist farmers-market vendors and managers. It's the second of four regional workshops being hosted by KDA this year.

Kansas farmers markets not only provide a fresh food source, but also stimulate the local economy. In 2016, 75 farmers markets were registered with KDA’s Central Registration of Farmers Markets.

The workshop will feature:

• A keynote speaker who will discuss successful farmers-market vending;

• An update on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), concerning produce safety and processed foods;

• A look at the Double Up Food Bucks SNAP matching program;

• A look at food safety considerations for processed foods;

• Regulations on selling meat, eggs and poultry directly to consumers;

• A look at soil health strategies.

KDA’s weights and measures program will also offer free scale certification at the workshop.

The workshop will be at KSU Olathe, 22201 W. Innovation Drive in Olathe. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop starts at 9 a.m. and concludes by 3 p.m.

Registration for the workshop is now open and is $20 per participant, which includes lunch. Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after Feb. 1.

Register online at FromtheLandofKansas.com/FMConference or at the Johnson County Extension Office. Send the completed registration form and payment to: KSU Olathe, c/o Londa Nwadike, 22201 W. Innovation Drive, Olathe, KS 66061.

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