Produce Safety Alliance FSMA Grower Training 2017

Richmond, Vermont
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Weeding at High Meadows Farm, Putney, VT.  Photo: Howard Prussack

Produce Safety Alliance FSMA Grower Training 2017
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 8:30 AM -
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

VYCC Monitor Barn
1949 East Main Street
Richmond, Vermont 05477
United States

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Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) FSMA ​Grower ​Training  offered by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and UVM Extension

November ​7 ​& ​8, ​2017 (8:30am - 5:00pm) at ​the ​VYCC ​Monitor ​Barn ​in ​Richmond, VT

$30 ​subsidized workshop ​fee ​includes ​training ​manual, ​meals and Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) certificate (a $130 value). Training certificate satisfies FSMA Produce Safety Rule training requirement.*

Inviting all produce growers to attend a PSA Grower Training! The Vermont Agency of Agriculture and UVM Extension are pleased to offer this hands-on training for produce growers at a subsidized cost. This two-day training provides all you need to know about the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how it impacts Vermont growers.

Regardless ​of ​scale, annual sales, or market outlets, ​all produce growers can benefit ​from ​learning ​about ​integrating practical produce ​safety ​practices ​on ​a working produce operation! Technical assistance providers, educators and regulators ​will also benefit from this training.

Whether you are a covered farm fully ​subject ​to ​Produce ​Safety ​Rule ​(PSR) ​regulations or an exempt ​farm ​required ​to ​keep ​certain ​records ​related ​to ​your ​exemption, ​all aspects of PSR compliance ​will ​be ​covered ​during ​this ​training.*
Click here to determine whether your farm may be covered or exempt.  

Day One (November 7, 8:30am–5:00pm) will provide an introduction to the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, employee health, hygiene and training requirements, and information about management of soil amendments as well as domesticated animals and wildlife. Includes on-farm exploration to apply concepts in the field.

Day Two (November 8, 8:30am–5:00pm) will cover agricultural water, postharvest handling and sanitation, and writing produce safety plans. ​​Includes on-farm exploration to apply concepts in the field.

FSMA ​​Produce ​​Safety ​​Rule ​​requirements ​​will ​​be ​​outlined ​​within ​​each training ​​module (see below), and the AFDO certificate will verify completion of the standardizedtraining.*​​

The seven Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Modules are:

1 - Introduction to Produce Safety
2 - Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
3 - Soil Amendments
4 - Wildlife, Domesticated Animals & Land Use
5.1 - Agricultural Water – Production Water
5.2 – Agricultural Water – Post-harvest Water
6 -  Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
7 - How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

*This training satisfies ​​the ​​FSMA ​​Produce ​​Safety ​​Rule ​​requirement ​​for ​​growers ​​who ​​are ​​covered ​​by ​​FSMA ​​outlined ​​in ​​§ ​​112.22(c) ​​that ​​requires ​​‘At ​​least ​​one ​​supervisor ​​from ​​the ​​farm ​​must ​​complete ​​food ​​safety ​​training ​​at ​​least ​​equivalent ​​to ​​the ​​standardized ​​curriculum ​​recognized ​​by ​​the ​​FDA’. ​​ ​​The ​​AFDO ​​certificate ​​demonstrates ​​you ​​have ​​met ​​this ​​requirement. 

Morning snacks, lunch and beverages will be provided both days.

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms are reserved at the Fairfield Inn in nearby Williston for this event. You can make a reservation by following this link:  Book your group rate for University of Vermont Extension


To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this workshop, please contact Dana Ruppert at 802-257-7967 ex 302 or by October 16, 2017 so we may assist you.


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • $30 workshop fee covers materials, meals and AFDO certificate for this 2-day event.

    If paying by check, please make payable to "University of Vermont" and mail to:

    UVM Extension

    130 Austine Drive, Suite 300

    Brattleboro, VT 05301

    Attn: Dana Ruppert


University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.

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