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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course Announcement, April 16, 2019

Start: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
End: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Methodist Theological School Ohio Campus
3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015

Produce Safety Barnstormers

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Just in time for the 2019 growing season, you have a chance to take the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training course from a barnstorming team of produce safety trainers.  We may not be athletes, but nobody nerds out like we do.  

Seminary Hill Farm, which manages 10 acres, a CSA, and an apprenticeship program on the campus of the MTSO in Delaware, will be our host.  This training is offered by the Ohio Dept Agriculture free-of-charge for Ohio residents in collaboration with PSA and OEFFA.
Your one-time-only* training team is listed here.  If you can’t make it on April 16th, check the ODA web site and PSA web site for other offerings.

  • “Enteric” Eric Pawlowski, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association outreach specialist
  • “Dung-slinger” Don Stoeckel, Produce Safety Alliance Midwest Regional Extension Associate
  • “Mudpie” Matt Fout, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Produce Safety Manager
  • “Salmonella” Sara Morrow, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Specialist

*You have many other opportunities for the PSA Grower Training course in Ohio, just not with this team of trainers.

April 16, 2019 8am to 5 pm
MTSO campus at 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware 43015.

The agenda runs the full day, and you must be present for all portions of the course to be eligible for your certificate of completion.

Please bring $6 cash for lunch at the MTSO cafeteria, or plan to provide your own lunch. 

The specific room and building on the MTSO campus will be provided to those who register. 

There is no charge to take this course, but pre-registration is required to ensure we can accommodate all who wish to attend.

How to Register

Download the registration form from the ODA web site and send to Matt Fout at:

Email: mfout@agri.ohio.gov

Fax: (614) 644-0720

Mail: Ohio Department of Agriculture
Division of Food Safety – ATTN: Matt Fout
8995 E Main St
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Who Should Attend

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.