WHO SHOULD ATTEND 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. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. WHAT TO EXPECT 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 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. BENEFITS OF ATTENDING 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. REGISTRATION **Please note: NO substitutions, transfers, or refunds will be issued within one week of the training start date** The fee for the training is $95 for industry participants. A reduced fee of $80 is available for government/academic employees that make prior arrangements. If you are a member of FFVA, a discounted rate of $80 is available. (Not sure if you're a member of FFVA? Contact Sonia Tighe at 321-214-5245 or email@example.com) Registration is limited. For general registration questions, contact Sarah McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 863-956-8632. Registration includes the training materials, lunch, refreshments, and a Certificate of Course Attendance issued by AFDO. Participation for the entire training is required for the certificate. PSA curriculum material provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FAIN #U18FD005909). Prefer to register by mail? Click here for the mail-in registration form: http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/events/pdf/PSA_111317.pdf LOCATION Wimauma, FL is accessible from the Tampa International Airport. You can access a map and more information about the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center at http://gcrec.ifas.ufl.edu. LOCAL LODGING Click here for hotels near the training location.
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