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Arkansas Produce Safety Grower Training Registration

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service (UACES), the Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will collaborate to host Grower Trainings throughout Arkansas. Visit our website and complete a survey to find out how new regulations affect your farm and learn about other available training dates: www.uaex.edu/arkansas-produce-safety.

Who Should Attend - Limited Seating Per Training (40)

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. 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.

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.

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. 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

Total costs to attend the PSA Grower Training Course for Arkansas will cost $25 to cover cost of the meals, refreshments and other items not covered by federal funding.

Grant funding from FDA and through a cooperative agreement between the Arkansas Agriculture Department and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service has set aside funds to cover the costs of the PSA Grower Training Manuals ($50) and a Certificate of Course Attendance from AFDO ($35).

Hosted by: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at various locations across the state, as shown below with each registration option.   Registration is limited to 40 participants for each location.

If paying by check, please print this page, complete the form, and mail the form and payment to: Dr. Amanda Perez, 2301 S. University Ave. Little Rock, AR 72204

 

 

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If paying by check, please print this page, complete the form, and mail the form and payment to: Dr. Amanda Perez, 2301 S. University Ave. Little Rock, AR 72204

For on-line registration by credit card, available options are listed here:


  Credit Card registration for May 22 – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Marion County Fairgrounds Community Building
513 E. Seawell Ave
Summit, AR 72677

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color,
sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status,
genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.