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Food Safety Extension & Research

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training

The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) has been tasked with developing the standardized national produce safety training program to prepare fresh produce growers to meet the regulatory requirements in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The PSA has developed two types of training courses; Grower Training Course and Train-the-Trainer Course.

The PSA Grower Training Curriculum was created through a four-year nationwide development process. In 2011, after hosting an international gathering to review current educational resources, the PSA launched ten, open Working Committees (WCs), composed of one hundred seventy-eight unique members from academia, agriculture, industry, and regulatory agencies. The WCs identified key areas and learning objectives to be addressed in the grower curriculum. Additionally, grower preferences regarding produce safety training programs were collected by hosting eight in-person farmer focus groups nationwide, collecting feedback from eighty-nine produce growers. In 2015 and 2016, the PSA also engaged with the FDA Division of Produce Safety staff to align the curriculum content with the final FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements and incorporate the regulatory language throughout the curriculum modules and teaching notes. The seven module PSA Grower Training Course was designed to be delivered in one day, although multi-day trainings are an option.

PSA Train-the-Trainer (TTT) Courses have been designed to prepare educators to deliver the PSA Grower Training Course to produce growers and become PSA Trainers or PSA Lead Trainers. During the two-day Train-the-Trainer Course, attendees will have the opportunity to experience all seven PSA Grower Training Course modules, and learn more about conducting effective trainings for growers.

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There are no trainings scheduled at this time.  Please check back regularly or email to be added to the email distribution list.

Please pick the correct Grower Training session when registering.  We have multiple trainings for the next few months.’Group leaders not attending’ must enter their professional information first and then add additional attendees when registering as a group. You will show a balance of zero if you register incorrectly.

The includes manual, certificate, lunch and refreshments. These trainings are heavily subsidized by Washington State University Extension and Washington State Department of Agriculture.

We update this site regularly. Please email Cathy Blood,, if you wish to join our email distribution list to be notified about the training.

Cancellations Policy: Cancellations will be accepted until 10 days to the course, and the registration fee, less $25 will be refunded. After that time, no refunds will be made for cancellations.

Substitution Policy: Substitutions will be allowed at any time. For additional information please contact our office at 509-335-2845,

Payment Policy: Your registration is not final until full payment is received. Please send check payments prior to beginning of the course. We also accept MC or Visa. Course materials will only be available for paid attendees.

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