MSU Extension offers workshops for food-related business owners


STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service will

offer a workshop designed to help food-related business owners prepare for disasters.

“Food as a Business: Disaster Preparedness for Food Businesses” is for anyone who currently operates or is interested in operating an agriculture-based food business, including retail, cottage food or food processing operations.

Topics include financial preparedness, risk management, record keeping, crisis communication planning, emergency-action planning and food recall and traceability planning.

The one-day workshop costs $15 payable at the door and includes lunch, refreshments and course materials. Dates and locations include:

Dec. 17 at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center, located at 1815 Popps Ferry Road in Biloxi

Dec. 18 at the Forrest County Extension Office, located at 952 Sullivan Drive in Hattiesburg

Dec. 19 at the MSU Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center, located at 1320 Seven Springs Road in Raymond

Jan. 22, 2020, at the Hampton Inn by Hilton, located at 2675 McIngvale Road in Hernando

Feb. 12, 2020, at the MSU North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, located at 5421 MS-145 in Verona

Preregistration is strongly encouraged. Complete online registration at or download and print a registration form through the Extension calendar listing for each workshop at

Mississippi State University is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, contact Courtney Crist at or 662-325-0852.

MSU Extension, the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce are supporting partners of the workshops.