The mission of the MDA's Produce Safety Advisory Group (PSAG) 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

Matt Frank, The Food Group (Big River Farms)

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

Michelle Medina, Minnesota Farmers Union

Terry Nennich, Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

Noreen Thomas, Doubting Thomas Farms

David Van Eeckhout, The Good Acre

Lakisha Witter, Live Organically

Kathy Zeman, Minnesota Farmers' Market Association


Meeting are held quarterly and are open to the public. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday June 23rd, from 9am-12pm. This meeting will likely take place remotely. Meeting call-in information will be posted here as the date approaches. To receive direct updates, please contact us.