What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course
Dr. Stephanie Smith from Washington State University and partners 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: Postharvest Water)
- Postharvest 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 This 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.
After attending the entire course, 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.
Class size is limited, so register early at our website!
Due to grant funding, this training is only for California and Washington State residents.
This training is being offered via remote delivery. In order to participate, individuals must have video and audio capability, and will be required to have both operating during the entire training. For companies registering multiple participants, please be aware that each participant must be at their own desktop or laptop.
It is a Produce Safety Alliance requirement that participants are monitored in order to verify participants’ attendance and engagement. Participants will only be eligible for the PSA/AFDO Certificate of Course Completion if they are present for all modules of the course. The training will take place via Zoom, which does not require special software. Please make sure that your system meets the requirements for Zoom meetings. All participants will need to have access to a laptop or desktop with the following:
- An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
- Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
- A webcam or HD webcam – built-in or USB plug-in
- For security purposes, you must have a Zoom account. Please create a login.
- This virtual meeting experience will be more enjoyable on a laptop or desktop. It is more challenging on a mobile phone.
Virtual PSA Grower Training is limited to 30 attendees per session. This allows for better attendee engagement.
The training is divided into two, four-hour days.
Important Notes for Registration
Shipping Manuals: Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Manual v1.2 will be mailed to registrants prior to the training. Please be sure that the shipping address you provide at the time of registration is current (especially if working from home or remotely) and capable of receiving packages. These cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes, only street addresses.
Please use an email address that the participant can be reached at, as evaluations and a Zoom link for the training will be sent in a confirmation email prior to the training date. Manuals will be shipped to all paid participants. Registration will close five business days before the start date of the training to allow for enough time to ship the manual.
Meet Our Team
Lead Trainer: Dr. Stephanie Smith is a statewide consumer food safety specialist in the School of Food Science at Washington State University. She is a lead instructor for FSPCA’s Preventive Controls for Human Food and the Produce Safety Alliance Grower’s Training, which are officially recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for FSMA training. She is also an instructor for the Better Process Control School. She delivers food safety and regulatory training to growers, food processors, food handlers and consumers across Washington state.
Trainer: Dr. Erin DiCaprio is an assistant cooperative extension specialist in community food safety in the department of food science at the University of California, Davis. She is a lead instructor for the FSMA Preventive Controls Rule and a trainer for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. DiCaprio routinely offers food safety training to small-scale food processors and distributors in California.
Registration open through November 7, 2022 at 2:00 a.m. Pacific Time