Wondering where to begin with food safety? Start here! The PSA Grower Training is currently the only official FDA-recognized produce safety training to help growers implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and understand their responsibilities under new Federal regulations. Whether you have a farm that is fully covered by the law or a small, exempt farm and you’re just looking for information, this training is for you.
The PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in §112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’ The training is also required for participation in Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Quality Program. This training is presented by UMass Extension and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and co-hosted by Berkshire Grown.
For more information on the Produce Safety Alliance and the Grower Training Course, click here: https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/training/grower-training-courses
Instructors: Lisa McKeag, UMass Extension Educator & Michael Botelho, MDAR Commonwealth Quality Program Director
Co-hosted by UMass Extension, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, and Berkshire Grown
Cost is $40 for each program and includes the required PSA Grower Manual ($50 value), a Certificate of Course attendance from AFDO ($35 value), and lunch and refreshments. These programs are funded in part by a grant from the USDA.
This program is supported in part by funds from Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2016-70020-25788 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Winter 2019 Produce Safety Alliance Massachusetts Grower Training Series
This training is also being held on 4 other dates in different locations. Click on each linked location below for more information.