Do you have concerns about safety in your produce operation? Are you concerned about compliance with FSMA? Do you want to know more about the difference between FSMA and GAPs?  Then the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training might be for you! 
On February 26, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, University of Illinois Extension will be holding a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training workshop at University of Illinois Extension Office, 818 S. Park, Hardin, Illinois 62047 


You can register and find more information here:   https://go.illinois.edu/PSAtrainingHardin 
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. 
To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.  

Costs to Attend 
Cost is $35.00 per person.  The PSA Grower Training Manuals, binders, and AFDO Certificate of Course Attendance will be covered by the Illinois Farm Bureau.   
Registration will close on February 11, 2020. There are a limited number of seats available for this training.  Once the course is full, registration will close. 
Cancellation Policy:  Cancellation of the registration will forfeit the payment in full.  Refunds will not be issued.    
Questions can be directed to Laurie George at (618) 242-0780 or at ljgeorge@illinois.edu.