Alpine Township was pleased to host members of REAP, the Ridge Economic Agricultural Partners tonight.
In 1998, a committee of farmers, local government officials, agri-business and representatives of the Michigan Cooperative Extension Service worked together to develop solutions to what was a depressed local economy, REAP was born and is now governed by its own Board of Directors as a charitable, educational organization.
Tonight's guest speaker was Tim Slawinski, Emerging Issues Specialist for the State of Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Members and a number of guests were introduced to some key points in the FDA's proposed new rule for Product Safety, The Food and Drug Administration is issuing this proposed rule to establish science based standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding produce on domestic and foreign farms. More information is available at www.fda.gov/fsma. Tim also invites you to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific questions.