Produce Safety Alliance

Train the Trainer Training Couse

Date: April 19-20, 2018

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Hampton Inn Hotel, 2675 McIngvale Road, Hernando, Mississippi, 38632, USA

Host: Mississippi State University, Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion

This is supported in part by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70020-24397

Who Should Attend

Those interested in becoming PSA Trainers and others interested in the FSMA Produce Rule should attend the integrated course. Those who become a PSA Lead Trainer are able to offer the PSA standardized curriculum to growers. Those who become a PSA Trainer are able to offer the curriculum to growers under the direction of a Lead Trainer. Extension and other academic persons, government personnel, consultants and others with adequate background are encouraged to attend.

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 1: Production Water; Part 2: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

The course will include additional presentations to ensure trainers are ready to deliver the modules to growers and an in-depth discussion of the seven modules.. Other trainer specific topics include principles of adult education, how to incorporate the PSA curriculum into other extension trainings, how to develop working partnerships, expectations for trainers, how to become a PSA Lead Trainer, and how to register a PSA Grower Training Course with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).

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. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
  • How to identify mocrobial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin to implementing produce safety practices on the farm
  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

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 coruse. To receive and 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.

Cost to Attend

The cost of the Train-the-Trainer course is $200. This includes the PSA Train-the-Trainer Manual ($75) and the PSA Train-the-Trainer certificate of course attendance ($50); breaks and lunch.

Hotel Reservations

Make reservations directly with the hotel. Rooms have been set aside at the special rate of $109/night. Contact the hotel directly at 662-449-7737

Additional questions about this course contact:

Additional Information

For more information about schedule PSA Grower Training Courses, please visit the PSA website at

For any other questions or to reach the Produce Safety Alliance, please contact:

  • Kristin Woods, Ph.D.
  • Produce Safety Alliance, SE Region
  •, 251-753-1164

  • Michele Humiston
  • Produce Safety Alliance Extension Aide
  •, 315-787-2287

  • Gretchen Wall, M.S.
  • Produce Safety Alliance Coordinator
  •, 607-255-6806

  • Elizabeth Bihn, Ph.D.
  • Produce Safety Alliance Director
  •, 315-787-2625

Registration is now closed.

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