The North Dakota Department of Agriculture will be helping to educate and provide technical assistance to fruit and vegetable growers in our state about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety rule.

FSMA Grower Training Courses

The courses are for 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 Produce Safety Alliance (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:

1.    Introduction to Produce Safety
2.    Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
3.    Soil Amendments
4.    Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
5.    Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
6.    Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
7.    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.

Courses will be offered at these locations. The sessions are a full day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. There will be a one-hour break for attendees to leave for lunch.

  • DICKINSON - Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at Fluffy Fields Winery, 2708 21st St East
  • VIRTUAL - Tuesday and Wednesday, December 8-9, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm Central Time. There will be a $20 fee to attend this training. Those who sign up for this training will be contacted with more information to register. There are limited spots and preference will be given to produce farmers.
  • MANDAN - Thursday, March 4, 2021, at the Baymont Inn & Suites, 2611 Old Red Trail
  • CARRINGTON - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center, 663 Hwy 281 North. REGISTRATION DEADLINE; March 22, 2021. Note:This trainings was originally scheduled for mid January.

Registration Link

FSMA Produce Safety Rule Producer Survey

Funding for this program was made possible by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in the program 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.

(FSMA) Produce Safety Rule Education and Outreach Contacts

Jamie Good

Feed Specialist