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Produce Safety Rule Growers Training

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.

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Dates and Locations:

Register for March 1, 2017 Chowan County Grower Training Chowan County Agricultural Center, 730 N. Granville Street, Edenton, NC 27932

PSA Grower Training Agenda Training is from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Additional workshop locations will be forthcoming. Should you like to have a PSA Grower Training, please contact Elena Toro Rogers ( or Chip Simmons (

Workshop Registration:

Registration costs: $100 which includes lunch (GoldenLeaf is supporting this training and offsetting the registration costs for a limited time).

Registration Deadlines:  1 week prior to workshop date.

Registration through Cvent.

Who Should Attend: 

The Produce Safety Rule requires all Farms that grow, pack, harvest and/or hold covered produce, making over $25,000 in annual produce sales (average over the last 3 years) and not qualifying for an exemption from the Rule to attend this training.

For a step-by-step guide of who needs to attend this training click here. This is a one-page document that provides a summary of exemptions under the PS Rule. Be aware that for exempt or qualified exempt farms that are not required to attend a PSA Grower training there are other requirements that must be fulfilled.

The PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in    §112.22(c) that requires ‘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.’

Course Information:

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Post harvest Water)
  • Post harvest Handling and Sanitation
  • 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.

Benefits of Attending the Course

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm.
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm.
  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one.
  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

Participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

For further information on Produce Safety Alliance, please see:

For questions, please contact Elena Toro Rogers ( or Chip Simmons ( 

Support for North Carolina fresh produce farmers, food processors and manufacturers is provided by: