Anwar Garza presented the importance of FSMA compliance for small producers at the annual conference at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

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PPC’s very own Anwar Garza was invited to lead a session for the growers who wanted to learn more about food safety and G.A.P. certification process. Anwar walked the group through the basic process, and shared his experiences and why he believes the practice will help the producers regardless of the size. His expert knowledge made a deep impression on the audience as well as the other presenters at the conference. PPC Farms have complied with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) since its initial announcement in 2009, years before the compliance became mandatory.

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is being called the most sweeping reform of U.S. food safety laws in more than 70 years. It was originally signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011, and in the years since, FDA has been working
to develop the final rules that the act requires them to implement. The focus of the act is more effective prevention of food safety issues in the U.S. food supply. With new changes in food safety regulations also come new compliance challenges for the food industry. Growers, producers, harvesters and processors need to fully comprehend the rules in
order to overcome the challenges associated with FSMA. PPC Farms is glad that we could serve our producer community as a leader in food safety area.

Among the other presenters were Ray Archuletta, a renowned soil health specialist who tours the country “evangelizing” producers about the benefits of no-till and regenerative agriculture. His demonstration on how no-till soil retains so much water while regular soil causes run-offs and depletion of top soil was quite impressive.

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Most of the applications were more suited to row crop growers or ranchers, but PPC is looking into incorporating regenerative practices such as cover cropping.

Daniel Kim, a fifteen year old farmer-in-training” received a scholarship two years in a row to attend the conference. Even though he was familiar with the vegetable growing, what fascinated him the most at the conference was combining animals with crop production. He also took away many ideas to improve his weekend farmers’ market business.

We congratulate Dr. Ken Mix of Texas State University for putting together an awesome conference!

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