The mission of the MDA's Produce Safety Advisory Group is to facilitate open, responsive communications between the Produce Safety Program, produce farmers, produce stakeholder groups, and University of Minnesota Extension. The group will build on farmer and stakeholder expertise to guide the program's outreach and engagement strategies and contribute to awareness, understanding, and compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule in Minnesota.

We thank these active group participants:

Jessie Bavelli, Sprout MN

Ron Branch, Farmer Trainer Representative

Rodrigo Cala, Latino Economic Development Center

Michael Chaney, Project Sweetie Pie

Janssen Hang, Hmong American Farmers Association

Jane Jewett, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Charlie Johnson, Minnesota Apple Growers Association

Karen Lanthier, Minnesota Grown

Thaddeus McCamant, Central Lakes College

Bruce Miller, Minnesota Farmers Union

Terry Nenninch, Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

Noreen Thomas, Doubting Thomas Farms

David Van Eeckhout, The Good Acre

Eric Wilson, The Food Group (Minnesota Food Association)

Kathy Zeman, Minnesota Farmers Market Association


Meeting are held quarterly and are open to the public. Our next meeting will take place at the Minnesota Farmers Union, 305 Roselawn Ave. E., Saint Paul, MN 55117, on Wednesday December 11th from 1:00-4:30pm. We respectfully ask, although not required, that you contact us in advance if you intend to attend. Guests are allotted up to 5 minutes on the agenda.