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What is the Commonwealth Quality Program?

March 31, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Have you wondered what the Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP) is? Are your purchasers starting to ask about 3rd party produce safety or GAPs certifications? Are you wanting to expand your markets but feel intimidated by the vendor requirements? This webinar is for you!

Join us for a discussion with Michael Botelho, Produce Safety, Market Access and Certification Division Director and Erik Stenfors, Produce Safety Inspector from Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) for an introduction to the Commonwealth Quality Program.

Topics discussed will be:

An overview of CQP
How having a CQP certification can benefit small farms and manage risk
An overview of CQP produce safety audit requirements and next steps for inspection
This discussion will be geared toward small scale and beginning farmers in Massachusetts and the benefits 3rd party certifications like CQP can offer to farms who are FSMA qualified-exempt.

The meeting will be held via Zoom.  A link is provided upon registration.  For any questions, please reach out to Leah Jurman, New Entry Incubator Farm Manager.


March 31, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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