Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training hosted by UF

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training is being offered temporarily via remote delivery beginning Oct. 20 through Oct. 22 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. In order to participate, individuals must have video and audio capability, and will be required to have both operating during the entire training.

It is a Produce Safety Alliance requirement that participants are monitored in order to verify participants’ attendance and engagement. Participants will only be eligible for the PSA/AFDO Certificate of Course Completion if they are present for all modules of the course. The training will take place via Zoom, which does not require special software. Zoom does have system requirements, which can be found at: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux Please make sure that your system meets the requirements for Zoom meetings.

There is limited space available.

Important notes for registration
The Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Manual v1.2 will be mailed to registrants prior to the training – please be sure that the shipping address you provide at the time of registration is current (especially if working from home or remotely) and capable of receiving packages. Please use an email address that you can be reached at, as evaluations and a Zoom link for the training will be sent in a confirmation email prior to the training date.

Questions?
For general registration questions, contact Sarah McCoy at sarahmccoy@ufl.edu. For questions about the training, contact Taylor Langford at taylorlangford@ufl.edu.

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 are encouraged to attend. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.

What to expect
The course will include remote delivery over three days. Each day, trainers will spend approximately three hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:
• Introduction to Produce Safety
• Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
• Soil Amendments
• 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.
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.

Registration
Note: NO substitutions, transfers, or refunds will be issued after the course closes on Oct. 5.
The fee for the training is $25 for everyone.
Registration is limited. For general registration questions, contact Taylor Langford at taylorlangford@ufl.edu.
Registration includes the training and a certificate of course attendance issued by AFDO.
Participation for the entire training is required for the certificate. Attendance will be taken before the beginning of each module to ensure attendance of each module.
Training materials and certificate are funded through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FAIN #U18FD005909).

This training is funded by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and is currently only available to participants who are affiliated with a Florida farm or institution. To find a PSA training in your state, visit: https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/training/grower-training-courses/upcoming-grower-trainings/

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