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Produce Safety Alliance Integrated Grower and Train-the-Trainer Course

June 8 - 9, 2017

The PSA Integrated Training combines both the PSA Grower Training and the PSA Train-the-Trainer Course. By combining the training for growers and trainers on Day-1 of the workshop, trainers will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and learn from the questions grower participants ask. Day 2 of the workshop will be for trainers only, focusing on adult learning techniques and additional presentations to ensure trainers are prepared to deliver the FSMA Produce Safety Rule modules to growers.

Growers that attend this course will satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c): “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.”

Grower participants that attend Day-1 of the workshop will be eligible to receive the PSA Grower Training Course certificate of attendance from the Association for Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), and trainers that attend both Days 1 and 2 of the workshop will be eligible to receive the PSA Train-the-Trainer Course certificate of attendance.


Both produce growers and those interested in becoming PSA Trainers should attend the integrated course.


Day 1: Growers and Trainers
The participants will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time to cover content contained in these seven modules:

  1. Introduction to Produce Safety
  2. Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  3. Soil Amendments
  4. Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  5. Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
  6. Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  7. 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.

Day 2: Trainers Only
Day 2 will include a review and in-depth discussion of the seven modules presented on Day 1 in the PSA Grower Training curriculum. Other trainer-specific topics include principles of adult education, how to incorporate the PSA curriculum into other extension trainings, how to develop working partnerships, expectations for trainers, and how to register a PSA Grower Training Course with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).


Registration is limited to 35 growers and 15 trainers. Total cost to attend varies depending on participation on Day 1 only (growers; $225) or on both days (trainers; $325).

Registration includes the training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a Certificate of Course Attendance (Grower and/or Trainer) issued by AFDO.
Participation for the entire training (Growers-Day 1; Trainers Days 1 and 2) is required for the certificate.

This training is supported in part by the Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety grant.

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