Producer Safety Alliance Grower Training

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

Raising Nebraska

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.

RSVP to Caitlyn Andrews, NDA Produce Safety Specialist, 402-471-2537

 

There's only room for 50 attendees! Please call or email to secure a spot.