Upcoming Educational Events
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
Chicago, Illinois: August 24
- Topic: Chicago Wash Station Design for Produce Safety and Efficiency - This workshop will dive into FSMA's Produce Safety Rule requirements and washing and packing suggestions. Attendees will tour Farm on Ogden and each participant will make and take home a portable handwashing station.
- Location: Farm on Ogden, 3555 Ogden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60623
- More information here
Chicago, Illinois: August 27
- Topic: On-Farm Produce Safety Walk Through in Chicago. Attendees will tour Rodeo Farm and highlight produce safety practices, how to combat contamination risks, workers, soil, animals, water, washing, and transportation.
- Location: Rodeo Farm, 2600 S. Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608
- More information here