Tuesday, May 2, 2017

PSA Grower Training

Please join me for a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training


When: May 17, 2017, 8:30am-5:00pm

Where: UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County

1303 17th St. West Palmetto, FL 34221


Registration and more information: https://psa051717.eventbrite.com

Program brochure and agenda are attached.


Registration deadline is May 12. No walk-ins will be accepted.


Contact Crystal at (941)722-4524 or crys21@ufl.edu with any questions you may have.



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.



The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time 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 time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.



The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.

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.



The fee for the training is $150 for industry participants. A reduced fee of $125 is available for government/academic employees that make prior arrangements. If you are a member of FFVA, a discounted rate of $99 is available. (Not sure if you're a member of FFVA? Contact Sonia Tighe at 321-214-5245 or sonia.tighe@ffva.com)


Registration is limited. For general registration questions, contact Sarah McCoy at sarahmccoy@ufl.edu or 863-956-8632.

Registration includes the training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a Certificate of Course Attendance issued by AFDO.

Participation for the entire training is required for the certificate.

This training is supported in part by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Training Grant (Contract #00099035).

**Please note: NO refunds will be issued within one week of the training start date**

Prefer to register by mail? Click here for the mail-in registration form:http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/events/pdf/PSA_051717.pdf









Crystal Snodgrass, M.S.

Extension Agent II, Manatee County

University of Florida IFAS Extension

Manatee County Government

1303 17th Street West | Palmetto, FL 34221

Phone: (941) 722-4524 ext. 229

Fax: (941) 721-6796

Email: crys21@ufl.edu

Web: manatee.ifas.ufl.edu


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