Escambia County Extension Services will host a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training course Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with topics to include introduction to produce safety, soil amendments, agricultural water and how to develop a farm food safety plan. The event will take place at the UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County 4-H Center located at 3730 Stefani Road in Cantonment.
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act, Good Agricultural Practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety are encouraged to attend. The PSA Grower Training Course also serves as a way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.
The course instructors 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, and participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
The course fee is $25 for produce industry members and government/university employees and $125 for all other attendees. Registration includes the training materials, lunch, refreshments and a certificate of course attendance issued by the Association of Food and Drug Officials. Registration is limited. Participation for the entire training is required for the certificate. Register for the course here.
For general registration questions, contact Jessica Lepper at firstname.lastname@example.org or Libbie Johnson at email@example.com.