We get lots of questions concerning food safety, product packaging, processing certifications, business plan writing, and classes offered by IFAS and others.  This page provides important resources for those of you asking about these areas and more.




IFAS Food Safety and Quality Program



We include some out-of-state listings because not all classes are offered in-state and, if you are willing to travel, there is a wider availability.

Those of you who will be producing an acidified, low-acid food may be required to attend the acidified foods Better Process Control School.  It is currently not offered in Florida, but is in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.  If you are not required to take it, we strongly recommend you do anyway as it will educate you about your products, their processes and requirements; prepare you for creating and operating within your special section of food safety protocols; and also prepare you for your new relationship with the FDA.  You should look up the class dates as soon as possible as they are offered only several times during the year.

Examples of workshops/trainings you will find below:  Hazardous Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP); Better Process Control School, Acidified Foods; seafood-specific courses (food safety, HACCP, etc.); commodities courses; food engineering courses; etc.

NC State Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences

UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

IFAS Meat Extension



Santa Fe College’s Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED)

SCORE Gainesville

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNF

Alachua County’s Business Resource Guide 



NC State Entrepreneur Assistance Program, Dept. of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences

UGA Department of Food Science and Technology

IFAS Small Farms