For Farmers: Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training (Waimea)

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Waimea Civic Center-Conference Rm

67-5189 Kamamalu Street

Kamuela, HI 96743

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Date: Friday, March 1st, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Waimea Civic Center

67-5189 Kamamalu Street

Kamuela, HI 96743

Hosted by: UHM-College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources & The Hawaii Department of Agriculture

Who Should Attend

Produce growers, buyers, and others interested in learning about: produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety.

The U.S. FDA’s Produce Safety rule requires in § 112.22(c) that for each farm, “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.” The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy this requirement; it is the only course currently recognized by FDA.

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 I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

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

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.

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 course. To receive an 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.

Registration Includes:

Course Materials
Coffee and Lunch

Costs to Attend

Registration for the training is $150, and $200 for late registration (after February 17, 2019).

*Hawaii Farmer’s Union United (HFUU) & Hawaii Farm Bureau (HFB) members may qualify for scholarships, please contact your organization directly for more information.


Trainers for this course include:

Kiersten Akahoshi, Jr. Extension Agent (UH Manoa)

Luisa Castro, Food Safety Program Manager (HI Dept of Ag)

Sharon Wages, UH Extension Agent (UH Manoa)


For further questions regarding this training, contact Sharon Wages at 808.969.8250 or by email at smotomur@hawaii.edu

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