Produce Safety Alliance Producer Training

  • Monday, March 5, 2018, 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Produce Safety Alliance Producer Training - Monday March 5th & Tuesday March 6th
(veteran scholarships available)

Have you heard about GAPs but aren't sure what it means? Does the Food Safety Modernization Act scare you? Are you interested in selling to schools, hospitals or grocery stores who are asking for GAPs but you aren’t sure they know what they are talking about?

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County and the Produce Safety Alliance for a Produce Grower Food Safety Training on Monday March 5th & Tuesday March 6th 9am-5pm (Monday); 9am-2pm (Tuesday).

Are you a fruit or vegetable grower interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety? Do you have buyers who are requesting a third party food safety audit but you don't know the first place to start? The PSA Grower Training Course being offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule training requirement and get a great start on your on-farm food safety plan!

Over the course of the two day training, certified Produce Safety Alliance trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:
- Introduction to Produce Safety
- Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
- Soil Amendments
- Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
- Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
- Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
- How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

Attendees will be provided with a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, 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 found 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
- Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

The cost to attend this training is starts at $100/farm and includes all food, materials and resources to bring home and implement on the farm. Attendees will also receive a PSA Grower Training Manual (valued at $50) and a Certificate of Course Attendance from AFDO ($35) if required. There may be scholarships available to offset costs for veterans.

To register and pay with credit card click here: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/2018psatraining_203. You can also register by phone at (607) 584-9966. For more information, contact Laura Biasillo at CCE-Broome: (607) 584-5007 or lw257@cornell.edu.


840 Upper Front St
Binghamton, New York 13905