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Statewide Agritourism Workshop Planned in Andover
Minnesota Ag Connection - 11/06/2019

A workshop in Andover will offer health and safety information for agritourism operators Nov. 13 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Department of Agriculture (MDA) have joined to host the workshop. Agritourism operators throughout the state are encouraged to attend this free workshop.

"More and more agritourism operations are popping up around the state. Our Fun on the Farm: Agritourism Workshop was developed to provide agritourism operators with the information they need to know in order to ensure their visitors remain safe and healthy when visiting their venue," said MDH epidemiologist Carrie Klumb

Particpants will hear from a panel of experts about:

- best practices for human-animal contact

- working farm safety issues

- food licensing

- safe food handling

Free posters, fact sheets, handwashing bracelets, and refrigerator thermometers will be available for people to take back to their farm.

"We know venue owners have a lot to worry about," said Klumb, "which is why we've partnered with MDA and MDH Environmental health in order to cover many aspects of an agritourism operation from animal safety to food safety."

Registration is required and potential attendees are encouraged to register soon as space is limited at the event.

Farmers, agricultural service providers, tourism professionals and anyone considering hosting visitors at their agricultural enterprise may register online at www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/animal/tour/index.html.

This is the fourth year MDH and MDA have hosted these workshops and previous attendees have appreciated the opportunity to learn about human and animal interactions and network with other agritourism operators.

One attendee said, "It was exceptional! So nice to have different presenters. Great food."

Agritourism operators who cannot attend the workshop, but are interested in learning about keeping visitors safe and healthy around their animals, can access MDH's free online training, Safer Farm Animal Contact Exhibits (Safer FACEs). This training consists of a text and photo-based slideshow that can be completed at your own pace and can help you, the operator; understand the risks of illness and injuries from farm animals and how to protect your visitors.

For more information, call 651-201-5414 or email beth.cleary@state.mn.us

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