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Safe Produce program mission is to provide science-based research knowledge in food safety and good agricultural practices to educate and assist people with standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding fruits and vegetables safe for human consumption.

We are professionals knowledgeable in horticulture, food science, environmental science, and microbiology that combine to provide produce safety education and expertise for the benefit of the communities, economies, and people of Iowa. 

Our program provides commercial farmers, home gardeners, and produce enthusiasts with education and technical assistance through in-class training, on-site technical assistance, and informative outreach programs to grow fruits and vegetables safe for human consumption.

Our educational programs focus on instruction in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) centered on the principles of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption” also known as “The Produce Safety Rule.” 


Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training

January 17, 2024 - Remote Virtual 

Registration Deadline: January 7, 2024 

Iowa Farmers of Color Conference

An opportunity for black famers and all farmers of color in the Midwest to connect, collaborate, and learn from each other’s experiences with the goal of uplifting the community as a whole. Saturday Dec 16, 2023, 9 am - 4 pm at Jasper Winery 2400 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines IA. No cost but Registration is Required. Additional information is available on Events page and Western Family Farm.  

On-Farm Technical Assistance and Readiness Review

We anticipate working with you to continue your produce safety education and encourage you to sign up for an on-site technical assistance visit or an On-farm Readiness Review (OFRR)  through our email or call (515)294-2552.  



Farm to School Produce Safety Factsheets

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FSN) website contains farm food and produce safety fact sheets available for viewing or download. Please select the Food Safety drop-down tab to view. 

Farm to School Produce Safety Survey 

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FSN) survey results describing food safety concerns associated with fresh produce and farm to school activities. 

Creating a Workplace Food Safety Culture

Produce Processing Magazine article describing approaches to improving food safety culture in the food and produce industry.