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March 13 — March 14, 2019

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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

Alcorn State University, 294 Granger Dorsey Road, Mound Bayou, MS 38762

Date: March 13 & 14, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM each day
Participants must stay for the entire training in order to receive the certificate.
Location: Alcorn State University Extension/Research Farm & Technology Transfer Center, 294 Granger Dorsey Rd, Mound Bayou, MS 38762

Hosted by:

  • Alcorn State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Alabama Extension
  • Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
  • Local Food Safety Collaborative
  • Produce Safety Alliance

Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy 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.”

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course

Over the course of 2 days, approximately seven hours of classroom time will be spent covering content contained in these seven 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 within each module. There will be additional time scheduled for on-farm demonstrations, USDA GAP audit preparation, questions and discussion so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

Benefits of Attending the Course

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

For more information about scheduled PSA Grower Training Courses, please visit the PSA website.


The nearby towns of Clarksdale and Cleveland have multiple lodging options.

For any other questions about this course, please contact:

Kristin Woods, Ph.D.
Alabama Extension
Produce Safety Alliance, Southeastern Regional Extension Associate
woodskl@aces.edu, 251-753-1164

Elizabeth B. Myles, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty
Alcorn State University
School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Mississippi Small Farm and Agribusiness Center
Office: 601-877-3947
Mobile: 601-443-1539


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$25 Crop Production; Farming; Fruit Produce Safety Production; Good Agricultural Practices (GAP); Good Agricultural Practices (GAP); Vegetables