This training is being offered remotely, via Zoom. This course will be held over two days - 8:45am -1:00pm on 3/16 and 3/17/2022.
In order to participate, individuals must have a web-cam, two-way audio (speakers & microphone), reliable internet, and will be required to have the web-cam on during the full duration of the training. This is to verify participants' presence and participation.
Who should attend?
This course is for produce growers. If your farm is not excluded or exempt from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, at least one responsible party from your farm must complete a training that uses FDA-recognized curriculum or equivalent. This course meets those requirements. All produce growers interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule are welcome to attend. Contact the MDA Produce Safety Program to learn if your farm is covered by the rule.
What to Expect
The training will consist of practical guidance for implementing Good Agricultural Practices as well as the requirements of FSMA Produce Safety Rule. Key topics:
- 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 the farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
- Requirements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them
- Your questions on the rule and how it is being implemented in Minnesota
Registration includes the training materials (mailed in advance) and a Certificate of Course Attendance. Participation for the entire training is required to receive the certificate. Check-in opens at 8:30am, training will begin at 8:45am and end at 1:00pm each day. Class sizes are limited and on a first-come, first serve basis. For mailing purposes, we can only accept registrations for attendees within continental US.
Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event please contact the Produce Safety Program through the contact info below or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 as soon as possible.