Upcoming Educational Events

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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


  Hutchinson, Minnesota: December 5 Gibsonia, Pennsylvania: December 11 
  • Location: 6035 Ridge Road, Gibsonia, PA 18020
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Registration 
Colorado Springs, Colorado: December 11
  • More information coming soon!
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota: December 12 Watsonville, California: December 12
  • Location: 1430 Freedom Blvd Suite E Watsonville, CA 95076
  • Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $35
  • Registration
Abiquiu, New Mexico: December 12
  • Location: NMSU-Rio Arriba County Extension Service, State Road 554 House #122-A Abiquiu, NM 87510
  • Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $35
  • Registration
Socorro, New Mexico: December 13
  • Location: Socorro County Extension Service 198 Neel Avenue Socorro, NM 87801
  • Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $35
  • Registration
Saint Paul, Minnesota: December 17 Springfield, Illinois: January 8
  • Location: Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, 3000 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703
  • Detailed information
St. Cloud, Minnesota: January 9 Grand Junction, Colorado: January 9
  • More information coming soon!
Mankato, Minnesota: January 23 Cloquet, Minnesota: January 25 Greeley, Colorado: January 31
  • More information coming soon!
Saint Charles, MN: February 6 Lancaster, Pennsylvania: February 6
  • More information coming soon!
Andover, Minnesota: February 20 Moorhead, Minnesota: March 13 Farmington, Minnesota: March 20
  • Location:  Farmington Regional Extension Office, 4100 220th Street West, Suite 100, Farmington, MN 55024
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $25
  • Detailed information
  • Registration

FSMA Workshops


  Louisville, Kentucky: December 4-7
  • Acres USA Conference and Trade Show 
  • Location: Louisville Marriot Downtown, 280 W Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40202
  • More information here
Montrose, Colorado: December 4-6
  • Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Training 
  • More information coming soon!
Grand Junction, Colorado: January 10
  • Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop
  • More information coming soon!
Little Rock, Arkansas: January 23-26
  • Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Conference 
  • Location: Statehouse Convention Center, 101 East Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72201
  • More information here
Lancaster, Pennsylvania: February 6-7
  • Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Conference
  • More information here