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Produce Safety Alliance Trainings

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This is a one 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 produce 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?

Before you register, please realize that only participants who attend all the sessions, actively participated in the activities and complete evaluations will receive a certificate for this class.


Date Location Link to register Language Deadline to register In person
Dec. 16, 2021 Mountain Hort Research and Extension Center, Mills River, NC (74 Research Dr., Mills River, NC 28759) Register here English Dec. 9, 2021 Yes
Jan. 11, 2022 Orange County Cooperative Extension Center, 1029 US 70 W, Suite 130, Hillsborough, NC 27278 Register here English Jan. 10, 2022 Yes
Jan. 26, 2022 Sampson County Livestock Arena, 93 Agriculture Place, Clinton, NC 28328 Register here English Jan. 25, 2022 Yes
Feb. 15, 2022 Harnett County Extension Center, 126 Alexander Drive, Lillington, NC 27546 Register here English Feb. 14, 2022 Yes
March 24, 2022 Mountain Hort Research and Extension Center, Mills River, NC (74 Research Dr., Mills River, NC 28759) Register here  English  March 21, 2022 Yes
March 29, 2022 North Carolina State Farmers Public Market, 1201 Agriculture Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 Register here English March 25, 2022 Yes
April 21, 2022 Mountain Hort Research and Extension Center, Mills River, NC (74 Research Dr., Mills River, NC 28759) Register here  Spanish April 19, 2022  Yes
May 5, 2022  Forsyth County Center,
1450 Fairchild Rd
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Register here  English May 3, 2022 Yes
More Workshops will be scheduled for summer, fall, and winter, 2022/23 – please check back for updates

Registration Fee & Materials

North Carolina residents – $50

Out-of-state participants – $100

A Produce Safety Alliance manual and supporting materials will be provided to each participant.

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

Class Schedule

8:30- 9:00 a.m. Registration and Pre-test Evaluation 

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Module 1: Introduction to Produce Safety

Module 2: Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training


Module 3: Soil Amendments 

Module 4: Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use


Module 5: Agricultural Water – Part I: Production Water

Module 5: Agricultural Water – Part 2: Post-harvest Water


Module 6: Post-harvest Handling and Sanitation

Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

Final Questions and Evaluations

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

Otto “Chip” D. Simmons, III, MSPH, PhD

For questions regarding program content.

Brittany Santore
For questions regarding registration process.