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PSA Grower Training Course
Event Starts:
Thursday November 9, 2017
@ 7:30am

Event Ends:
Thursday November 9, 2017
@ 5:00pm


Las Cruces Convention Center

680 E. University Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88001

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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

Course Information

Who Should Attend

This is a one-day event that is intended for 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, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.

The PSA Grower Training Course satisfies 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 Grower Course

PSA Trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content of the Produce Safety Rule 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 farm experiences and produce safety questions.

Participants that complete training 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, each participant must be present for the entire training course and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course. 

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by Grant Number 5U18FD005920-02 from the FDA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.



New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator.