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October 24 & 25, 2016
Alabama Department of
Agriculture & Industries
1445 Federal Dr., Montgomery, AL
Ask for Group Rate: PSA
The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) curriculum was developed through a nationwide collaboration including produce growers, extension educators, researchers, produce industry representatives, and government personnel. The PSA Grower Training helps growers meet the regulatory requirements in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. This PSA Training agenda combines both the PSA Grower Training and the PSA Train-the-Trainer Course. This integration was developed to provide trainers who are new to the area of produce safety the opportunity to see how the modules are presented to growers.
Who Should Attend
Those interested in becoming PSA Trainers. Those who become a PSA Lead Trainer are able to offer the PSA standardized curriculum to growers. Those who become a PSA Trainer are able to offer the curriculum to growers under the direction of a Lead Trainer.
What to Expect at the PSA Train-the-Trainer Course
Attendees will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering the content contained in the seven standard modules:
- Introduction to Produce Safety
- Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
- Soil Amendments
- Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
- Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
- Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
- How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined in each module. There will be time for questions and discussion. Participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
This day will include additional presentations to ensure trainers are ready to deliver the modules to growers and an in-depth discussion of the seven modules presented on Day 1. Other trainer specific topics include principles of adult education, how to incorporate the PSA curriculum into other extension programs, how to develop working partnerships, expectations for trainers, how to become a PSA Lead Trainer, and how to register a PSA Grower Training Course with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).
Benefits of Attending the Course
The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), information about wildlife co-management, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on developing a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in Day 1 of this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:
- Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
- How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
- Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
- Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them
Upon successful completion of the full, two-day PSA Integrated Grower & Train-the-Trainer Course, attendees will be PSA Trainers. Completing this training allows attendees to deliver curriculum modules as a trainer in a PSA Grower Training, under the direction of a PSA Lead Trainer.
Costs to Attend
The cost of the Integrated Grower and Train-the-Trainer course is $200. This includes the PSA Train-the-Trainer Manual ($75), the PSA Train-the-Trainer certificate of course attendance ($50), lunch both days and refreshments. Thanks to the generous support of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, a Specialty Crop Grant was awarded to cover these costs for Alabama residents. Additional support for the program is provided by Alabama Extension, Tuskegee Extension, and the Food Bank of North Alabama.
For more information about scheduled PSA Training Courses, please visit the PSA website. For any other questions or to reach the Produce Safety Alliance, contact:
Kristin L. Woods, Ph.D.
Produce Safety Alliance
Produce Safety Alliance
Gretchen Wall, M.S.
Produce Safety Alliance Coordinator
Elizabeth A. Bihn, Ph.D.
Produce Safety Alliance Director