PSA Integrated Grower & Train-the-Trainer Course

Overview - Who Should Attend


The PSA Integrated Training combines both the PSA Grower Training and the PSA Train-the-Trainer Course. This integration was developed to provide options for areas of the country that may have some growers that need training and some trainers that need training, but neither group is large enough to warrant a single training focus. In addition, trainers who are new to the area of produce safety have expressed an interest in seeing how the modules are presented to growers. One benefit to an integrated training is that trainers will be able to participate in the PSA Grower Training Course on Day 1 and learn from the questions grower participants ask. Trainers will then have the opportunity to ask more in-depth questions on Day 2 to help prepare them to deliver the PSA Grower Training Course.

Who Should Attend

Both produce growers and those interested in becoming PSA Trainers should attend the integrated course. Day 1 is the full PSA Grower Training Course for fruit and vegetable growers 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. Attending Day 1 of the course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in ยง 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.'

Produce safety educators and others who work with fruit and vegetable growers who are interested in becoming PSA Trainers or PSA Lead Trainers will need to attend both Day 1 & 2. Day 2 will include additional presentations to ensure trainers are ready to deliver the modules to growers. Those who become a PSA Trainer or PSA Lead Trainer are able to offer the PSA standardized curriculum to train fresh produce growers to meet the regulatory requirements in the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. This curriculum was developed through a nationwide collaboration including produce growers, extension educators, researchers, produce industry representatives, and government personnel.

What to Expect at the PSA Integrated Grower & Train-the-Trainer Course

Day 1: Growers and Trainers
The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time to cover 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

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.

Day 2: Trainers Only

Day 2 will include a review and in-depth discussion of the seven modules presented on Day 1 in the PSA Grower Training curriculum. 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, and how to register a PSA Grower Training Course with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).

This publication was made possible by Grant Number 1U18FD005920-01 from Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the FDA.