The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule is the first federally regulated standard for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding fresh produce in an effort to reduce microbial contamination and foodborne illness outbreaks. If you grow fruits or vegetables, attend a training for information about best practices, risk management, and regulatory requirements. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.

Advanced registration is required – with preference given to Virginia and Tennessee stakeholders. Seats are limited (capped at 25).  


The training will be offered online via Zoom.

Course Schedule:

November 10, 11, and 12th, 2020

1 pm to 4 pm each day

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this training is being offered temporarily via remote delivery. In order to participate, individuals must have video and audio capability, and will be required to have both operating during the entire training. The training will take place via Zoom, which does not require special software. Zoom does have system requirements, which can be found here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-LinuxPlease make sure that your system meets the requirements for Zoom meetings.

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
  • 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.


Registration Deadline: November 1, 2020 - so materials can be shipped on time
Cost: $60*
Payment Methods: Credit Cards Only
Refund Policy: NO substitutions, transfers, or refunds will be issued after the course closes on November 1st.  Any refunds issued prior to 11/1/20 will incur a $5 processing fee.

*Cost is $60 dollars, which includes shipping training materials and certificate of completion issues by the Association of Food and Drug Officials. ***Discounts may apply based on Farm Location and FSMA Produce Safety status, please email us for details: Laura Strawn (Lstrawn@vt.edu; Lead Trainers for VA) or Annette Wszelak (awszelak@utk.edu; Lead Trainer for TN).

Additional Notes

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 Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Manual v1.2 will be mailed to registrants prior to the training; as well as other training aids – 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.


Thank you for your interest in this course. Unfortunately, the course you have selected is currently not open for enrollment.  This page will be updated if additional sections of this course are offered.


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