FDA Produce Safety Rule


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.)

Project Goals:
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.

Upcoming Trainings

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.

For Who:
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. 

How Much:
$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.  
psa registration.pdf


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 #1 and #3 in this series.  They are 5 and 10 minutes long.

To see a map of where trainings are being held, click here.  More trainings will be scheduled during the 2018-2019 school year, so check back this summer if you don't see a training near you.

March 29
Cerro Gordo County Extension Office
601 S Illinois Avenue
Mason City, IA 50401
Please register by March 22

New Date Just Announced
April 12

Maharishi University
Sustainable Living Center
1000 N 4th St
Fairfield, Iowa
Please register by April 5.
Registration is now open. (Click on Events in the menu to the left)


Team members

Angela Shaw, PhD
Associate professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition  


Paul Ovrom
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

Joe Hannan
Extension Field Specialist, Agriculture

Smaranda Andrews, PhD
Extension Program Specialist, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Linda Naeve
Extension Program Specialist, Value Added Agriculture

Teresa Wiemerslage
Extension Program Coordinator, Local Foods Team

Morgan Hoenig
Iowa State University Extension, Local Foods Coordinator

John Krzton-Presson
Horticulture & Local Foods Program Coordinator

Manreet Bhullar
Graduate Research Assistant, Food Science and Human Nutrition