PSA Grower Training Course
Monday, October 16, 2017
Tift County Extension Office
1468 Carpenter Rd
Tifton, GA 31793
COMPLIMENTARY TICKET TO 2017 SUNBELT AG EXPO
All paid PSA Course attendees have the opportunity to receive a one-day, complimentary ticket to the 2017 Sunbelt Ag Expo, October 17-19, Moultrie, GA. To receive a ticket, during the registration process check the appropriate box to allow the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association to share your name and contact information with the Sunbelt Expo mailing list. This list will not be shared or sold to any other organization…we just don’t do that.
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
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.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
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. 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
After attending Day 1, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate of course attendance from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have attended the PSA Grower Training Course.
REGISTRATION and COST TO ATTEND
PSA Grower Training Course$50.00
Registration is limited to 50 Grower Training attendees
Registration fees include Grower Training Manual, AFDO Certificate of Course Attendance and shipping fees, additional materials/handouts, breaks, lunch, and all other training costs.
Participation for the entire training is required for the certificate.
**Please note: NO refunds will be issued within one week of the training start date**
Country Inn and Suites
310 S Virginia Ave
Tifton, GA, US, 31794
$90/night + tax
Cut off October 2, 2017
For questions about course registration or the Produce Food Safety Services, contact Beth Oleson,firstname.lastname@example.org, or Debbie Alexander,email@example.com, at (706) 845-8200.
For more information about scheduled PSA training courses, please visit the PSA website athttp://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu. For any other questions or to reach the Produce Safety Alliance, please contact:
Kristin Woods, Ph.D.
Produce Safety Alliance, Southeastern Regional Extension Associate
Produce Safety Alliance Extension Aide
Gretchen Wall, M.S.
Produce Safety Alliance Coordinator
Elizabeth Bihn, Ph.D.
Produce Safety Alliance Director