The United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has teamed up with Red Book Credit Services of Red Book University to host educational Webinars on produce issues.

Participants in the Webinars will have the opportunity to ask live USDA experts for information about produce issues.  All members of the produce supply chain are welcome to participate, including growers, processors, packers and distributors of all sized operations.

The following Webinars will be offered:

“PACA–Your Partner in Produce” – Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at 2 p.m. ET.

The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) is a federal law that facilitates fair trading practices in the marketing of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables in interstate and foreign commerce.

Karla Whalen, chief of the PACA Branch of the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Fruit and Vegetable Programs, will lead the @ebinar, during which she will introduce the PACA Branch and detail how PACA protects the industry and your business.

“USDA Fresh Products Market Inspection Basics” – Thursday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. ET.

What is the value of having your fresh produce inspected? Hear a practical description of the USDA produce inspection process delivered by a USDA expert. Learn how to request an inspection, interpret the certificate, and even appeal an inspection result. Also gain insight into some of the ways the inspection service anticipates industry changes.

Harry Fisher, senior staff member of the Fresh Products Branch of the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Fruit and Vegetable Programs, will lead the Webinar.

The forms required for registration are available on the USDA Webpage.