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FSMA Produce Safety Rule trainings - registration open for winter 2022/23

 Annalisa Hultberg, Extension Educator, food safety

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 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.) 

Jan 26, 2023 in-person: 8:45am - 5:00pm (lunch included) Minnesota Farmers Union, 305 Roselawn Ave., St. Paul, MN 55117 
Feb 14 and 15, 2023 two-day online: 8:45am - 1:00pm each day (via Zoom)
March 9, 2023 online: 8:45am - 5:00pm (via Zoom)

 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 

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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