PRODUCE SAFETY ALLIANCE REMOTE GROWER TRAINING Dates: Dates are filling up so sign up early! Nov 30 & Dec 1 (dates are full) Dec 14 & 15 (dates are full) Jan 26 & 27 Feb
PRODUCE SAFETY ALLIANCE REMOTE GROWER TRAINING
Dates: Dates are filling up so sign up early!
Nov 30 & Dec 1 (dates are full)
Dec 14 & 15 (dates are full)
Jan 26 & 27
Feb 8 & 9
Feb 22 & 23
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST both days using Zoom
$25 fee per person covers shipping and handling of course materials. All other course fees were covered through funding from the WSDA Produce Safety Program
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Remote PSA Grower Training
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this training is being offered temporarily 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. 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.
*** IMPORTANT NOTES FOR REGISTRATION ***
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. No PO 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 5 business days before the start date of the meeting allowing for enough time for shipping the manual.
The PSA Grower Training Curriculum was created through a four-year nationwide development process. In 2011, after hosting an international gathering to review current educational resources, the PSA launched ten, open Working Committees (WCs), composed of one hundred seventy-eight unique members from academia, agriculture, industry, and regulatory agencies. The WCs identified key areas and learning objectives to be addressed in the grower curriculum. Additionally, grower preferences regarding produce safety training programs were collected by hosting eight in-person farmer focus groups nationwide, collecting feedback from eighty-nine produce growers. In 2015 and 2016, the PSA also engaged with the FDA Division of Produce Safety staff to align the curriculum content with the final FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements and incorporate the regulatory language throughout the curriculum modules and teaching notes. The seven module PSA Grower Training Course was designed to be usually delivered in one day. Due to COVID-19, training is now divided into two four hour days.
Who Should Attend Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy 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.’
What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course 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: 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.
November 30 (Monday) 1:00 pm - December 1 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm