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Did you miss your chance to attend our webinar on the "Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance: How and Why Growers Should Comment"?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


Brooklyn, New York: October 1

  • Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension Offices, Conference Room 346, 55 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $30
  • Registration

Yakima, Washington: November 8

  • Location: Yakima Convention Center, 10 N 8th St, Yakima, WA 98901
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $25
  • Registration

FSMA Workshops


Brooklyn, New York: October 2

  • Topic: This training will help you start writing a farm food safety plan. Instructors will also help you answer common questions (like “What types of gloves fit under my glove use policy?” or “What is a scientifically validated process for making compost?”), talk about best practices, and share common pitfalls that other growers have faced.
  • Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension Offices, Conference Room 346, 55 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
  • More information here

Athens, Georgia: October 15-17

  • Topic: This course is taught using the standardized curriculum developed by FSPCA to qualify attendees as Preventive Control Qualified Individuals (PCQI). The goals of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to design, implement, and maintain a comprehensive food safety plan.
  • Location: 100 Cedar Street, Athens, GA 30602, Conference Room 242
  • More information here