Future training is being planned in Montana, but you are welcome to take the PSA Grower training wherever it is offered. See a list of upcoming courses by clicking here.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety are encouraged to attend. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule training requirement.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The course will include remote delivery over two days. Each day, trainers will spend approximately four 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 will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.
After attending the entire course, participants will receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course.
The fee for the training is $40 for everyone.
Registration is limited. You will be contacted for your payment details once we meet the course minimum of 6 participants. If we do not meet the minimum by Monday, November 23rd the course will be canceled. Registration includes the training, course materials, and a certificate of course attendance issued by AFDO.
Participation for the entire training is required for the certificate. Attendance will be taken at some point during each module to ensure attendance of each module.