Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule Grower Training Course 2021 Trainings
At present, we do not have any Grower Trainings Scheduled.
Also, if you are a member of a professional Agriculture Association and would like a training for your members, Extension would like to discuss this further with you. We’re happy to help. If you have questions about produce safety and your farm, please reach out to the Produce Safety Team.
Who Should Attend
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act, Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’
What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course
The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:
- Introduction to Produce Safety
- Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
- Soil Amendments
- Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
- Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
- Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
- How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
Benefits of Attending the Course online via Zoom
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the
appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course. Participants must be at least 14 years of age to receive the AFDO certificate.
The class size for Produce Safety Rule Trainings will be a maximum of 30 to allow all participants to have time for questions. The minimum class size will be 15 people.
If a class is cancelled class fees will be refunded. Those registered for a class cancelled due to low registration will be notified one week in advance of the training date. If there is weather that makes travel to the meeting hazardous, attendees will be notified 24 hours in advance of the training.(This does not apply to online courses.)
If an individuals who registers for a class but is unable to attend will receive a refund of the class fee minus the registration cost ($11) if the training coordinator is notified one week in advance of the training. All other individual will not receive a refund.
Cost to Attend
The total costs to attend the PSA Grower Training Course is typically $45.00.