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UMass Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training - Amherst

Event date/time: 
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Event Type: 
Event location: 
Hampshire College
893 West St., Franklin Patterson Hall Faulty Lounge, Amherst, MA, 01002

Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers and others 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. This course will also cover the Massachusetts Commonwealth Quality Program (CQP), a voluntary 3rd-party audit program.

This training satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement for covered farms that "at least one supervisor or responsible party" completes "food safety training … recognized as adequate” by FDA (21 C.F.R. §112.22(c)).

For more information on the Produce Safety Alliance and the Grower Training Course, click here:

Cost is $50 and includes:

  • Required PSA Grower Manual ($60 value) 
  • Certificate of Course attendance from AFDO ($35 value)
  • lunch and refreshments

**Participants will only be eligible for the PSA/AFDO Certificate of Course Completion if they are present for all modules of the course**

Funding to offset the costs for this training comes from FDA Grant Agreement #U2FFD007426, Path C The Maintenance & Expansion of the Produce Safety Program in Massachusetts.

Speaker(s) / Instructor(s): 
Lisa McKeag, UMass Extension
Genevieve Higgins, UMass Extension
Michael Botelho, MDAR
Steven Pilis, MDAR
How to Participate: 

This is an in-person event. Registration is limited to 40 participants. In the event that the course fills up, registration priority will be given to farms that are required to receive training to comply with federal and state produce safety regulations

Registration Deadline: 
Friday, March 24, 2023 - 3:00pm
Contact's name: 
Lisa McKeag
Contact's email: 
Contact's phone on day of event: 
This event will be recorded: 
893 West St. Franklin Patterson Hall Faulty Lounge Amherst MA

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