Educational Webinars


Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance Recorded Webinar: How and Why Growers Should Comment

It's not too late to submit your comment on on the FDA's Produce Safety Rule (PSR) Draft Guidance. While the official comment period closed April 22, 2019, it is still possible to submit your comment here. If you're a fruit or vegetable grower, this Draft Guidance likely affects you! The Local Food Safety Collaborative encourages farmers and farm organizations to comment. Listen in on this webinar to see what you need to know and how you can still submit your comments. You can also access the PowerPoint slide deck.

Recorded on 4/12/19.


Teir 2 Produce Safety Risk Assessment Series

This video series explains how to conduct an on-farm food safety risk assessment of your farm. This video series supports the New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association's Tier 1 and Tier 2 on-farm and classroom food safety trainings. This series of seven modules is designed to help farmers assess and address food safety risks on their farms. The series covers: Critters, Land Use, Agricultural Water, Workers, Sanitation and Traceability.
This video series has been created in partnership with the New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association, La Moñtanita Cooperative, NMSU Cooperative Extension, Organic Planet LLC, the Wallace Center, and the Pennsylvania Farmers Union. Funding has been provided by USDA's Farmers Market Promotional Program.

Recorded on 11/13/19.


Not Going Viral

Young farmers aren’t ignoring food safety laws! They’re attending trainings, learning how the rules apply to them, and making changes on their farms to grow food more safely. This video was created by the National Young Farmers Coalition in collaboration with LFSC with funding from the FDA.

Recorded on 1/11/19.


Developing a Food Safety Plan for your Farm

As part of National Farmers Union's online Growing for the Future Conference, the Local Food Safety Collaborative and the  National Young Farmers Coalition hosted this webinar to help produce farmers develop a written Farm Food Safety Plan! Having a food safety plan is regarded as a good agricultural practice and having one tailored to your farm's operation can help you assess your produce safety risks. Writing a food safety plan can also help you prepare for questions from potential buyers, consumers, or prepare for food safety audits or certifications.

Recorded on 12/3/19.


FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Are you in or are you out?

As part of National Farmers Union's online Growing for the Future Conference, the National Young Farmers Coalition hosted this webinar to provide more information on which produce farms are covered or exempt from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR). The purpose of the webinar is to help produce farmers understand "where they fall" and how they can learn more about what they may or may not be required to do dependent on that status.

The National Young Farmers Coalition is a national advocacy network of young farmers fighting for the future of agriculture by changing policy, building networks and providing business services.

Recorded on 12/18.


Produce Safety Rule (PSR) Exemptions and Resources for Small Farmers

Intended for farm organizations that are working with small-scale produce farm operations, this webinar explains the types of businesses and activities covered by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, conditions of full or partial exemption, and other market-driven pressures on exempt farms.

In collaboration with LFSC, this webinar was produced by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) to prepare fresh produce growers to meet the regulatory requirements included in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

Recorded on 11/02/17.


Navigating the Food Safety Landscape

Pennsylvania Farmers Union and the Chesapeake Foodshed Network co-hosted this two-part food safety webinar series. Food safety laws, regulations, and certifications are complex and can differ from state to state. Buyers' demands only increase the complexity of a what a farmer may have to accomplish in order to compete in the marketplace. Frequently, farmers are left trying to navigate a shifting, complicated food safety landscape.  This two-part food safety webinar series aims to map out that landscape, identify questions or decision points for both farmers and buyers, and answer some frequently asked questions about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Instructors include Lindsay Gilmour, Food Safety Educator and GroupGAP Consultant, and Jeff Stoltzfus, PennState Extension Educator, FSMA- Produce Safety.

Navigating the Food Safety Landscape Part I
Demystifying the Food Safety Landscape

Recorded on 5/15/17.

Navigating the Food Safety Landscape Part II
Where to Begin & On-Farm Lessons Learned

Recorded on 5/30/17.