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Online Produce Safety Alliance Growers Training

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About the Training

This is a two-day training course for growers on the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) standardized curriculum that meets the regulatory requirements of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. We encourage anyone working in the produce industry and all farmers (large and small) to attend this class.

If you are a farmer and would like to know if this class is mandatory for you based on the Produce Safety Rule, see determine where your farm falls under the PSR?

Class Schedule

January 12–13, 2021
8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST Each Day

Day 1 – January 12, 2021 

8:50 a.m. Welcome and overview of expectations for the course

9–9:45 a.m. Module 1. Introduction to Produce Safety

9:50–10:35 a.m. Module 2. Worker Health and Hygiene

10:35–10:50 a.m. Break

10:50–11:30 a.m. Module 3. Soil Amendments

11:35 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Module 4. Wildlife and Domesticated Animals

12:15–12:30 p.m. – Q&A

12:30 p.m. Adjourn

Day 2 – January 13, 2021

8:50–9:50 a.m. Module 5a. Agricultural Water Part 1

9:55–10:35 a.m. Module 5b. Agricultural Water Part 2

10:35–10:50 a.m. Break

10:50–11:30 a.m. Module 6. Postharvest Handling and Sanitation

11:35 a.m.–12:10 p.m. Module 7. How to Write a Food Safety Plan

12:10–12:30 p.m. Evaluations

12:30 p.m. Adjourn

Registration Fee & Materials

North Carolina residents – $35

Out-of-state participants – $100

A Produce Safety Alliance manual will be mailed to each participant upon registration. It is mandatory to have the manual at all times during the training. Therefore, we will not accept late registrations for this class. Make sure the mailing address you provide during the registration process is accurate as we will be mailing PSA manuals to the address provided.

We will be using Zoom to conduct this class, the links to join the class will be emailed to the participant after he or she registers. If you are not familiar with Zoom, we have scheduled a session for those that need to learn how to log in or need to test the speed of their internet connection on January 7, 2021, from 2 to 3 p.m. EST.

Upon successful completion of the course participants will receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) by mail to the address provided.

Payment Instructions

CREDIT CARD PAYMENT: We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express for payment of your registration fee.

CHECK PAYMENT: We accept check payments. When mailing in a check, please include a copy of the participant(s) confirmation page(s). You may send us a check made payable to NC State University–BAE. Mail to:

NC State University–BAE
Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attn: Workshop Coordinators

Registration Deadline

By January 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., no late registrations will be accepted due to the fact that we have to mail the manual and resources. This class will be limited to 30 participants, once we reach the limit we will schedule a new class if necessary.
Before registering for this class read the rules below.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Cancellation requests should be sent to bae_training@ncsu.edufor processing. The cancellation request must be submitted at least twenty-one (21) days before the date of the workshop to receive a full refund. Cancellation requests made between twenty (20) days and eight (8) days before the date of the workshop will receive a full refund minus a $10 administrative processing fee. Any cancellation requests made within seven (7) days of the workshop will be ineligible for a refund. Payments made by check will be ineligible for a refund.

Attendee substitutions from within the same company may be made at any time at no cost. Please send an email to requesting a substitution.

Contact Information

Elena Toro Rogers
For questions regarding program content.

Brittany Santore
For questions regarding registration process.

Rules to Successfully Complete This PSA Training

  1. Each participant has to be logged in with a camera on at all times in order to receive the certificate of completion.
  2. Participants must have visual and audio contact through the entire course (e.g., use video conferencing software such as Zoom), with participants visible via webcam and able to unmute their microphones to speak. This means all participants must have functioning video cameras, speakers, and microphones and/or headsets that are used during the entire course. Each participant and trainer will need access to a computer and internet connectivity with sufficient speed and consistency to fully engage. Broadband (>25 Mbps download, >3 Mbps upload) is recommended.
  3. If you are not familiar with Zoom, we will schedule a session for those that need to learn how to log in or need to test the speed of their internet connection on January 7, 2021, from 2 to 3 p.m. EST.

Support from the Golden Leaf Foundation has heavily subsidized costs for North Carolina growers and processors for FSMA training. Additionally,  support for North Carolina fresh produce farmers, food processors, and manufacturers is provided by the Golden LEAF Foundation.

Registration support provided by the Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department.

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Written By

Elena Rogers, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionElena RogersArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Food Safety - Fresh Produce Western NC Serves 49 Counties and EBCIBased out of Horticultural ScienceCall Elena E-mail Elena Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
Updated on Dec 18, 2020
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