FSMA Produce Safety Training

— Written By Charlene Lassiter

This one-day training course on the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) standardized curriculum is for produce growers. This course meets the regulatory requirements of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.


Upcoming dates and locations:

Date Location Link to register
January 4, 2018 Johnston County Center
2736 NC Highway 210
Smithfield, North Carolina 27577
Register here
January 17, 2018 Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, North Carolina 28759
Register here
January 18, 2018 Onslow County Center
4024 Richlands Hwy
Jacksonville, North Carolina 28540
Register here
January 31, 2018 Richmond County Center
123 Caroline Street
Rockingham, North Carolina 28379
Register here
February 7, 2018 Nash County Agriculture Center
1006 Eastern Avenue
Nashville, North Carolina 27856
Register here
February 13, 2018 Iredell County Center
444 Bristol Drive
Statesville, North Carolina 28677
Register here
February 13, 2018 Duplin County Center
165 Agriculture Drive
Kenansville, North Carolina 28349
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February 20, 2018 Winter Vegetable Conference & 50th Annual Tomato Growers Meeting
Crowne Plaza Resort
1 Resort Drive
Asheville, North Carolina 28806
Register here
March 16, 2018 Wilkes County Center
416 Executive Drive
Wilkesboro, North Carolina 28697
Register here

Before proceeding to register please read the information below.

In the event you are trying to register more than one participant, make sure you use a different email address for each participant you are registering. In the case you need to retrieve or finish the registration process at a later time, the email you provide is linked to the first entry you make.

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

Workshop registration fee:

$50.00 for NC residents.

$100.00 for Out-of-State participants.

The registration fee includes lunch, the Produce Safety Alliance manual and the certificate of participation. A GoldenLeaf Grant is supporting this training and offsetting the registration costs for a limited time.

Payment can be made on the registration site via credit card or by check.

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 to see Who is mandated to attend PSA Trainings. 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.

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:

  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.
  • 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.

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 the Produce Safety Alliance, please see: http://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/training.

For questions regarding the workshops posted, please contact Elena Toro Rogers at (828-352-2519; elena_rogers@ncsu.edu) or Chip Simmons at (919-414-5632; odsimmon@ncsu.edu).

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