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Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training and Water Workshop

Your ticket purchase includes the following:

  • Day 1: Full-day of instruction by certified Produce Safety Alliance trainers

  • Day 2: Agriculture Water Workshop**: water sampling, data analysis, and water quality profiles.

  • Certificate of course completion ($35 value)

  • PSA Grower Training manual ($65 value)

  • Morning snack, coffee, and lunch for both days!

  • Event Parking Permits (12/19 & 12/20)

**Please bring a water sample from your farm with you on December 19, 2018 to participate in the water workshop!

Funding for this training is made possible by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137 and the Food Safety Outreach Program Grant No. 2017-70020-27250 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.

Who Should Attend

Produce growers, buyers, and others interested in learning about:

  • Best food safety practices for growing, harvesting and packing produce

  • Key requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule

  • Foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)

  • Co-management of natural resources and food safety.

Even if your farm or operation isn't covered by the rule (check here!) this low-cost, up-to-the-minute training is a great opportunity for anyone growing, harvesting or handling covered produce.

As a reminder, the PSA Grower Training Course is currently the only 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

On the first day, the trainers will spend approximately 7 hours of instruction time covering content contained in these 6 modules:

Module 1: Introduction to Produce Safety

Module 2: Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training

Module 3: Soil Amendments

Module 4: Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use

Module 6: Postharvest Handling and Sanitation

Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

On the second day, the trainers will spend approximately 5 hours of instruction time covering the content contained in these 2 modules and water workshop:

Module 5.1: Agricultural Water: Production Water

Module 5.2: Agricultural Water: Postharvest Water

Interactive Water Workshop: Personalized Water Quality Report, Statistical Threshold Value (STV) and Geometic Mean (GM) Calculation, Sampling and Testing Methods, and Microbial Water Quality Profile (MWQP) Development

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

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 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.

  • Agricultural water testing and and Water Quality Profiles

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. Participants must be at least 14 years of age to receive the AFDO certificate. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training (both days- 12/19 AND 12/20) and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.


Questions or concerns?

Call Chantal Pettit at 503-986-4630 or email

Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 8:00am to 2:00pm

Wiegand Hall, 238
391 SW 30th Street, Corvallis, OR 97331

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Community Members, Faculty and Staff, Student, Alumni, Industry Partner


Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Yamhill



$55 each

OSU Extension Service
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