Safe Produce

Grower Survey
All growers are being invited to participate in this survey on behalf of the Iowa State University Produce Safety Team and the Iowa Department of Agriculture as part of the FDA Grant #1U18FD0051810 through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.  
This survey is voluntary and should take about 10 minutes to complete.  You may skip questions you are not comfortable answering and withdraw from participating at any time.  Results of the survey will be used to identify farms that may need assistance complying with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.
If you have any questions, please email Dr. Angela Shaw or call 515-294-0868.


Welcome to the Safe Produce online food safety training for:

  • Iowa GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) program
  • Farmers' Markets
  • University Farms
  • School Gardens

No matter what kind of garden or farm you have, following food safety guidelines is essential.  While helpful, the online trainings for school/university gardens and farmers’ markets are not a substitute for the full eight-hour GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) course that is recommended for farmers serving multiple venues, farmers' market managers, and farm instructors.

Not sure which is the the best training to start with?  We’re here to help you make informed, safe decisions!  Contact us at  








The Produce Safety Rules of the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.  The rule provides guidance for:

  • Agricultural Water
  • Biological Soil Amendments
  • Sprouts
  • Domesticated and Wild Animals
  • Worker Training and Hygiene
  • Equipment, Tools, and Buildings


Some exemptions exist for small farms and those who sell directly to certain groups.  However, even exempt growers must provide documentation of their exemption.  Find out if you are covered by FSMA by consulting one of these flowcharts.
Produce coverage flow chart color.pdf     FSMA flow chart part 1 as a pdf.pdf


You can read the Produce Safety Rule on the FDA website here.

The Produce Safety Alliance offers this guidance.


The North Central Region Center for FSMA Training (based at Iowa State) offers guidance and training for Midwest growers and processors.  Get more information here.

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