Upcoming Educational Events

Did you miss your chance to attend our webinar on the "Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance: How and Why Growers Should Comment"? Don't worry! You can still view it by clicking here

Thanks for checking out our page for upcoming events for local growers to learn more about FSMA! You’ll notice there are two columns on this page.
 
PSA Trainings are trainings of the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) curriculum. They are either Grower Trainings that are one way to meet 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.’ Or there are Train the Trainers where folks can become certified to teach the PSA Grower course. If you will not be exempt from the FSMA Produce Safety Rule you should attend one of these trainings.
 
FSMA Workshops are shorter trainings on the Food Safety Modernization Act. They will be presentations at conferences and farm group meetings, webinars, farm food safety tours, or other events that, while designed to help familiarize a grower with the Produce Safety Rule, are not designed to cover every piece of the rule. These workshops are best for qualified exempt growers or those just starting to learn about FSMA in order to prepare for the full PSA Grower Training course.
 
At this time LFSC is still working on developing training and workshop options for growers and processors on the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule. If you are interested in taking the standardized curriculum for this rule a link to the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) training dates can be found on the bottom of the page. In addition, other PSA trainings can also be found through a link at the bottom of the page

PSA Grower Trainings


Manhattan, Kansas: July 11

  • Location: Riley County Fairground – Pottorf Hall Clover Room, 1710 Avery Ave, Manhattan, KS 66503
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $20
  • Registration

Dodge City, Kansas: October 3

  • Location: Ford County Fairgrounds, 901 W Park St, Dodge City, KS 67801
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $20
  • Registration

FSMA Workshops


Winthrop, Washington: June 13

  • Topic: Ecological Soil Management for Organic Grain Production. Find out how one farm uses cover crops and other soil health management practices to care for the earth they farm in the Methow Valley. Farmer Sam Lucy will discuss tools for monitoring soil health/safety, such as soil and water testing, and the importance of his cover crop regimen. Attendees will also get a taste of what it means to be a plow-to-package grain farm as the farmer touches on processing operations, including why they decided to vertically integrate and how they control for quality to produce fresh, safe, and delicious grains.
  • Location: Winthrop, WA 98862
  • More information here

Gordonsville, Alabama: June 20

  • Topic: The is FREE on-farm workshop incorporates food safety considerations for small farms into the following topics: hoop house management, poultry/egg production, goats and woodland grazing, soil and water conservation, etc. Attendees can look forward to a drone demonstration!
  • Location: Gordonsville, AL 36040
  • More information here

Thorp, Washington: July 8

  • Topic: Loyal to Soil- Regenerative No-Till Practices for Garden & Pasture. The farm owners will discuss their no-till garden and pastures, carbon sequestration projects and regenerative practices. Attendees will learn about strategies for building a brand, as well as the operation's best practices for complying with food safety standards.
  • Location: 1250 Dudley Road Thorp, WA 98946
  • More information here