Produce Safety Alliance virtual training

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 12:30pm to Friday, March 5, 2021 - 5:00pm
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The Produce Safety Alliance is temporarily allowing remote courses. Offered in partnership with produce safety teams from Iowa and Nebraska. This training will take place ver 2 days - March 4 and 5; 12:30-5 pm Central time each day.  Registration is now open.  Registration deadline is February 23, 5:00 pm Central time. The cost is $20 for Iowa growers (and growers from IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, and WI) and $120 for growers outside the Midwest.  Due to shipping issues, this training is open only to participants in the contingous 48 US states.

All participants must have functioning video cameras, speakers, and microphones and/or headsets that are used during the entire course. Participants must be able to unmute themselves to discuss questions. Each participant will need access to a computer and internet connectivity with sufficient speed and consistency to fully engage. Broadband (>25 Mbps download, >3 Mbps upload) is recommended.

Individuals must be technically skilled enough to log into the program, utilize video, audio and other engagement functions such as chat boxes and polls. Participants must be present during all course modules and have their computer camera turned on to receive the PSA/AFDO Certificate of Course Completion. Attendance and engagement will be monitored throughout the course. 

What is the training:
The Produce Safety Alliance (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.’  Get more information about the PSA course here.

Participants must be present for the entire eight-hour course to get credit for attending.

The Training is Designed For:
The PSA Grower Training courses are designed for growers of fruits and vegetables.  If you are a fruit or vegetable processor, please click here for more information about the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance trainings. 

How Much:
$20 for Iowa growers.  $120 for out of state growers.
Fee includes PSA manual and certificate of completion.
If you have more than one person attending from the same farm/company AND you want to share one PSA manual, you can register two people for the price of one.  Contact us for details. (IowaFSMA@iastate.edu or 515-294-6773)

It is strongly recommended individuals with little to no previous Good Agricultural Practices experience or education view the Iowa GAP 1 videos prior to attendance.  The videos can be accessed free of charge. 

It would also be helpful to be familiar with the content of #1 and #3 in this series.  They are 5 and 10 minutes long.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCDmhCafMGU&list=PL_bTWa1uOqMFnJAkt3z4xJ...

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