All trainings are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Addresses are available on the online registration portal

Training Date Training Location
11/09/2018 Bemidji, MN at Beltrami Electric Coop
11/14/2018 Windom, MN at Windom Community Center
11/28/2018 Morris, MN at University of Minnesota Regional Extension Office
12/05/2018 Hutchinson, MN at Days Inn and Suites
12/12/2018 Brooklyn Park, North Hennepin Community College
12/17/2018 St. Paul, MN at Minnesota Farmers Union
01/09/2019 St. Cloud, MN at Rivers Edge Convention Center * Before the Minnesota Organics Conference
01/16/2019 St. Cloud, MN at Rivers Edge Convention Center * Before the Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference
01/23/2019 Mankato, MN at Country Inn and Suites
01/25/2019 Cloquet, MN at Cloquet Forestry Center
02/06/2019 St. Charles, MN at St. Charles City Hall
02/20/2019 Andover, MN at Bunker Hills Activity Center
03/13/2019 Moorhead, MN at Hjemkomst Center
03/20/2019 Farmington, MN at University of Minnesota Regional Extension Office

 

Who should attend?

This one-day training course is for produce growers. The Produce Safety Rule, which is part of the new federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), requires that fruit and vegetables farms that grow, pack, harvest and/or hold produce and that do not qualify for an exemption or exclusion from the Rule attend this training. To learn more about if your farm is covered by the rule view the Coverage and Exemptions/Exclusions Flow Chart or contact the Produce Safety Program. 

If your farm is covered by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, attending this Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outline 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.’ This course uses the approved curriculum developed by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA).

However, all growers interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule are encouraged to attend and will find the course material valuable. Even if you have attended a GAP training in the past, this course will be useful and includes updated information. Good food safety practices protect your business, help meet market requirements such as a GAP audit, and keep our local foods safe and healthful for all.

What to Expect at the FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training Course

The training will consist of practical guidance for implementing Good Agricultural Practices as well as the requirements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. There will be time for questions and discussion within each module, so farms should bring any questions they have about farm food safety and their operation.

Some key topics that will be addressed during the day:

  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be on the farm
  • Practices that reduce risks, and practical methods to implement these practices on the farm
  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one. Overview of GAP audits.
  • Requirements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them

Your trainers for these courses are PSA staff, Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) staff, University of Minnesota Extension staff, and trained fruit and vegetable growers.  The course certificate is good for life, and you only need to attend once to meet the Rule requirements outlined in the §112.22(c) of the Produce Safety Rule.

Registration

To register: Visit the online registration portal.Cost: $25. (Note this is a subsidized cost and will likely rise in following years). Registration deadlines:10 days before each class date, or until full. Preregistration required for trainings.

Registration includes the training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a Certificate of Course Attendance issued by Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO). Participation for the entire training is required to receive the certificate. Check-in opens at 8:30. Training will begin at 9:00 and end at 5:00. Class sizes are limited to 40 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions?

Contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Produce Safety Program at (651) 539-3648 or email ProduceSafety.MDA@state.mn.us

For more information:

University of Minnesota 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

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.