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Western Institute for Food Safety & Security
The course will be hosted online via Zoom.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course (Online)

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Please register with your shipping address as we will be mailing each participant a hardcopy of the manual. 

Course hours are from 8am until 5pm with a one-hour scheduled break for lunch. 

Cost: $60
Location: Online via Zoom

Meeting details will be emailed to participants after registration.

Host: Western Institute for Food Safety & Security
Contact: David Goldenberg, (530) 757-5700
Training Language: English

Course Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this training is being offered via remote delivery. In order to participate, individuals must have a web-cam and audio capabilities, and will be required to have both operating during the full course of the training (8:00am - 5:00pm). This is to verify participants' presence and participation. The training will take place via Zoom, which does not require special software. 

Participants must be in California in order to be eligible for the subsidized rate.  Contact Robert at rpattison@ucdavis.edu for pricing for participants outside California. 

Benefits of Attending

This course provides a  foundation  of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule

requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course will 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 the 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.

What to Expect

The trainers will  spend  approximately seven hours covering content contained in seven modules, including, but not limited to

“Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training”, “Soil Amendments”, “Agricultural Water”, and “How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan.”

Participants will also be given access to additional online modules with information for growers on how to meet the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule on the farm. The modules may also be helpful for growers who need to train farm workers or other employees on food safety practices on the farm. The modules can be viewed by anyone and are accessible through our website. There are five modules: Intro to FSMA, Worker Hygiene, Hygienic Harvesting, Agricultural Water, and Animal Intrusion.

Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, FSMA Produce Safety Rule, GAPs, and co- management of natural resources and food safety. This course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.


We are unable to process refunds.


Western Institute for Food Safety & Security
The course will be hosted online via Zoom.