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Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course

Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers subject to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule can attend this workshop to fulfill the requirement that 'At least one supervisor from the farm must complete food safety training at least equivalent to the standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA.' (§112.22(c)). All growers, including those that may be exempt from the full rule and any others interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule are encouraged to attend.

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course

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

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domestic Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

Requirements of the proposed FSMA Produce Safety Rule are outlined within the modules. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions they have.

 Benefits of Attending the Course

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), FSMA Produce Safety Rule standards, 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 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
  • Expectations proposed in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. After attending the entire course, you will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies you have met the requirement of section §112.22(c) (detailed above). To receive an AFDO certificate, you must submit the appropriate paperwork to your trainer at the end of the  course.

Your trainers for these courses are PSA staff, MDA staff, UMN Extension staff, and trained fruit and vegetable growers. After attending the entire course, you will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies you have met the requirement of section §112.22(c) (detailed above).


To register: go to the Online Registration Portal. Cost:$25. (This is a subsidized cost and will likely rise in following years)

Registration deadlines: 10 days before each class date, or until full. Preregistration is required for the training.

Registration includes the training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a Certificate of Course Attendance issued by Association of Food and Drug Officials. This subsidized course fee is made available through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture PAR-16-137.

Participation for the entire training is required for the certificate.

Registration opens at 8:30. Training will begin at 9:00 and end at 5:00. Participation is limited to 40 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions or need more information?

Please contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Produce Safety Program at (651) 539-3648 or email producesafety.mda@state.mn.us.

Or for more information visit any of the links below:

MDA Produce Safety Program

UMN Extension GAPs Education Program

Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Website

FSMA Produce Safety Rule

This event is sponsored and planned for you by:

  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • University of Minnesota Extension
  • Minnesota Farmers Union
  • Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
  • Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association
  • Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Contact MDA Produce Safety Program

(651) 539-3648

Funding for this statement, publication, press release, etc. was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.