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Annual grape society's Nov. 17-18 meeting to offer food safety education

GRANDVIEW - The annual Washington State Grape Society meeting is set for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17 and 18.

The meeting will be held at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene, located at 500 N. Elm St. in Grandview.

Guest speakers Gina Nicholson and Kristine Rogers will present "Selling Food Safety from the Top Down - A Grower and Consumer Responsibility," beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.

At noon on Thursday, Nov. 17, a pizza party sponsored by Vine Tech Equipment and Simplot Grower Solutions will be offered free to registered attendees.

Nicholson, food safety and quality manager for the Kroger Co. Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio, is currently developing a food safety and quality culture campaign at all Kroger stores.

Rogers, food safety manager for Fred Meyer, a division of the Kroger Co., based in Portland, Oregon, ensures compliance with county, state, federal and corporate food safety standards.

The annual meeting will offer two days of technical topics to assist grape growers on improving farming performance by practical application through scientific research.

For 40 years, scientists from WSU, Prosser and other higher education institutions from across Washington state and the Pacific Northwest have partnered with the Washington State Grape Society to present thought-provoking information.

Grower use of these efficiencies can reduce production costs, increase yields and obtain higher quality. Improving knowledge from within the grape industry is significant to the mission of the Grape Society.

Five pest control credits, approved by the WSDA, will be offered on Friday, Nov. 18. Trade show vendors will be available both days and are located inside and outside the premises.

A catered luncheon will be held on Friday, Nov. 18, and pre-registration is required. Registration fees vary, for more information contact the Grape Society at (509) 86-7888.

Registration and complete program information can be found at www.grapesociety.org.

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