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FSMA Trainings for fruit and vegetable farms - registration open

Annalisa Hultberg, Extension Educator, food safety

FSMA Produce Safety Rule trainings - registration open for winter 2020/21

Do you grow fruits and vegetables for sale or donation to others? Join the University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and experienced fruit and vegetable growers for these 100% virtual FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Trainings. 

Who should participate? 

This virtual training course is for produce growers and those interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

If your farm is not excluded or exempt from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, at least one supervisor or responsible party from your farm must complete a training that uses FDA-recognized curriculum or equivalent. This course will satisfy this requirement. (Read more here to learn whether or not your farm is covered by the Produce Safety Rule.) 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:45am – 5:00pm (Farmer trainers Laura Frerichs, Loon Organics, Noreen Thomas, Doubting Thomas Farms)
Tuesday & Wednesday, January 12 & 13, 2021 8:45am – 1:00pm (Joan Olson, Prairie Drifter Farm)
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 8:45am – 5:00pm (Sara George, D & S Gardens)
Saturday, March 13, 2021 8:45am – 5:00pm (Jane Jewett, WillowSedge Farm, David Abazs, Round River Farm)  

 Key topics covered in the course:
  • Requirements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and information to help you to meet them
  • Potential sources of contamination on the farm and microorganisms of concern
  • Water management and testing; worker hygiene; application and use of biological soil amendments
  • Practices that reduce food safety risks, and practical methods to implement these practices on the farm
  • Your questions on the rule and how it is being implemented in Minnesota 

Register: Cost: $20
Registration Deadlines: Two weeks before each class date, or until full. Preregistration required.
Registration Includes: Training materials (mailed to you in advance) and a certificate of course attendance.
Certificate: Participation for the entire training is required to receive the certificate.

Visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Produce Safety Program page, call (651) 539-3648 or email

UMN Extension On-Farm GAPs Education Program:  learn more about Good Agricultural Practices and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Produce Safety Program: learn more about Produce Safety Rule implementation in Minnesota, including On-Farm Readiness Reviews and inspections.

Produce Safety Alliance: Our national partners helping prepare fresh produce growers to meet the regulatory requirements included in the Produce Safety Rule.

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