This project is funded by the State and Territory Cooperative Agreement to Enhance Produce Safety in Preparation of Implementation of FDA’s Rule: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, through FDA grant 1U18FD005810-01 (CFDA #93.102- Food and Drug Administration Research.)
The project established a coalition of produce and food safety experts, from within Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and Iowa State University. Steering committee members and sub awardees provide the leadership, policy and technical expertise needed to complete jurisdictional self-assessments, planning, farm inventory, infrastructure development, multi-year planning, education and outreach and technical assistance, and any needed legislative research. The goal is compilation of an inventory, assessments needs, training, and a strategic plan for alignment of state programs and activities with FDA’s PSR.
What is the training:
Produce Safety Alliance Information
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.’ Get more information about the PSA course here.
Participants must be present for the entire eight-hour course to get credit for attending.
The PSA courses are designed for growers of fruits and vegetables. If you are a fruit or vegetable processor, please click here for more information about the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance trainings.
$20 for Iowa growers. $120 for out of state growers.
Fee includes PSA manual, certificate of completion, and lunch.
If you have more than one person attending from the same farm/company AND you want to share one PSA manual, you can register two people for the price of one. Contact us for details. (IowaFSMA@iastate.edu or 515-294-6773)
Registration for the PSA classes is now open. To register with a credit card, go to the Events page (use the menu on the left) and click on the preferred training. To register by check, download the registration form and mail it in. If you are unable to download the form, please email us at Iowafsma@iastate.edu or call 515-294-6773, and we will send you a paper registration form.
It is strongly recommended individuals with little to no previous Good Agricultural Practices experience or education view the Iowa GAP I videos prior to attendance. The videos can be accessed free of charge.
It would also be helpful to be familiar with the content of these videos:
To see a map of where trainings are being held, click here.
Woodbury County Extension Office
4728 Southern Hills Drive, Sioux City IA 51106
Please register by November 2
NICC Dairy Center
1527 Hwy. 150; South; Calmar, IA
Please register by November 27
Warren County Extension Office
909 East Second Ave, Suite E; Indianola, IA
Please register by January 2
Wapello County Extension Office
13011 120th Avenue, Ottumwa, IA
Please register by January 18
Linn County Extension Office
383 Collins Road NE, Suite 201
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
(Back Up Day in case of bad weather- Feb. 15)
Please register by January 26
NCC-603 West Park Street; Building C; Room 304
Please register by February 22
Cerro Gordo County Extension Office
601 S Illinois Avenue
Mason City, IA 50401
Please register by March 15
Angela Shaw, PhD
Associate professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
State Horticulturist, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Lakshman Rajagopal, PhD
Associate professor of Apparel, Events & Hospitality Management
Shannon Coleman, PhD
Assistant professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Extension Field Specialist, Agriculture
Smaranda Andrews, PhD
Extension Program Specialist, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Extension Program Specialist, Value Added Agriculture
Extension Program Coordinator, Local Foods Team
Iowa State University Extension, Local Foods Coordinator
Horticulture & Local Foods Program Coordinator
Graduate Research Assistant, Food Science and Human Nutrition