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Are You Ready for the Produce Safety Rule?

 Mandatory Food Safety Training for Growers
at a Fraction of the Standard Cost!

Monterey Food Safety Training

Farm Employers Labor Service (FELS), an affiliated company of the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF), has partnered with CFBF and the Safe Food Alliance through a California Department of Food and Agriculture grant contract, as their designated training provider for Central and Southern California, to conduct the required Produce Safety training for growers at

$35 per attendee!


Who Should Attend?

Produce growers, buyers, 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 U.S. FDA’s Produce Safety rule requires in § 112.22(c) that for each farm, “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.” The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy this requirement; it is the only course currently recognized by FDA.

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

Key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module, in addition to learning about best practices in produce safety. 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.

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.

In addition to the standard curriculum, Safe Food Alliance will provide additional resources to attendees including:

  • A decision tree and other materials to help determine how or if the regulation applies to your farm
  • Templates for creating records required by the training
  • A calculation tool to aid a small farm in determining if they receive a “qualified exemption”
  • A list of allowable water treatment compounds provided by the Produce Safety Alliance
  • Tools to assist in conducting water analysis calculations

Registration Includes:

  • Course Materials
  • Coffee and Lunch
  • Certificate

Additional Information:

For more information about scheduled PSA Grower Training Courses you can reach us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More FSMA resources are available at


 Supported by the California Department of Food & Agriculture



Produce Safety Training Schedule & Registration


Date Location Register
June 4, 2019 SPANISH:  Salinas: Laurel Inn & Conf. Center, 801 W. Laurel Dr. Click HERE to Register
June 5, 2019 REGISTER TODAY! Santa Rosa: Sonoma County Farm Bureau, 3589 Westwind Blvd. Click HERE to Register
June 28, 2019 Woodland: Yolo County Farm Bureau, 69 W. Kentucky Ave. Click HERE to Register
July 1, 2019 NEW! Bakersfield: Kern Ag. Pavilion, 3300 East Belle Terrace Click HERE to Register
July 3, 2019 NEW! Merced: UC Coop. Extension, 2145 Wardrobe Road Click HERE to Register
August 20, 2019 Imperial: Farm Credit West, 485 Business Park Way Click HERE to Register
October 15, 2019 Yuba City: UC Ag & Natural Resources, 142-A Garden Hwy Click HERE to Register



Who is the Food Safety Training Partnership?

Safe Food Alliance

Safe Food Alliance (formerly DFA of California) has provided food safety services to California's food industry since 1908

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California Farm Bureau Federation

California Farm Bureau Federation is California's largest general interest agricultural organization, working for farmers and ranchers since 1919

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Farm Employers Labor Service

FELS has provided training and information to help farmers and ranchers deal with complex regulatory problems since 1970



For more information contact:

Food Safety Training Partnership

2300 River Plaza Drive

Sacramento, CA  95833


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