Learning to grow

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The state Agriculture Department is hosting four free produce grower training sessions, to make sure crops are properly handled and cleaned.

Attendance will satisfy the Food Safety Modernization Act, which requires at least one person on a farm to complete food safety training.

"Look at using agricultural water, what sanitation and hygiene means, what are some practices that they can incorporate with post harvest handling of produce," said Agricultural Commissioner, Doug Goehring.

Times and locations are listed here:

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at Dakota College at Bottineau in the Thatcher building, McMaster conference room, 105 Simrall Blvd., Bottineau

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at the Jon L. Wanzek Center for Scouting, 4200 19th Ave. S., Fargo

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at the Baymont Inn & Suites, 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan (one day prior to state local foods conference)

Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the Bowman Lodge & Convention Center, 207 US-12, Bowman​

The sessions are a full day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. There will be a one-hour break for attendees to leave for lunch.​