Those produce growers who must comply with FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule guidelines, are required to have one supervisor or responsible party from their farm who has successfully completed food safety training equivalent to the national Produce Safety Alliance curriculum.
Earliest compliance dates for large growers is January 26, 2018. Compliance dates, for all covered produce except sprouts, by business size is:
- Very small businesses - January 26, 2020. Businesses with greater than $25K but less than $250K average annual produce sales over the last three years.
- Small businesses - January 26, 2019. Businesses with greater than $250K but less than $500K average annual produce sales over the last three years.
- All other businesses - January 26, 2018. Businesses with greater than $500K average annual produce sales over the last three years.
Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will be offering the first food safety class for growers that meets these requirements on November 3, 2017 in the Raising Nebraska Building, Grand Island, NE. After successfully completing the program, growers will receive an official course participation certificate.
The program registration cost is very low, due to sponsorship by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
Check out the Nebraska Fruit & Vegetable Growers facebook page - http://go.unl.edu/2017psatraining.
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
November 3, 2017 | Grand Island, NE
501 East Fonner Park Road
Grand Island, NE 68801
PSA Grower Training Course Agenda
7:30 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
8:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductions & Course Expectations
8:30 a.m. Module 1: Introduction to Produce Safety
9:30 a.m. Module 2: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Module 3: Soil Amendments
11:30 a.m. Module 4: Wildlife, Domesticated Animals & Land Use
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Module 5: Agricultural Water Part 1: Production Water
2:00 p.m. Module 5: Agricultural Water Part 2: Postharvest Water
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Module 6: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation
4:00 p.m. Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
4:45 p.m. Final Questions, Closing Statements & Evaluations
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
Cost: $15 | Lunch and learning materials will be provided.
There's only room for 50 attendees! Please call or email to secure a spot.