Bacon County Ag Update

Bacon County PSA training for Fruit and Vegetable producers

We will offer another PSA training on December 14, 2017.

 

Training for Farmers and Growers on Produce Safety Rule

WHAT: This free one-day workshop is being offered to produce growers. The training will cover the standardized curriculum designed by the Produce Safety Alliance, which meets the regulatory requirements of the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act). 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:

• Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them successfully;

• Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm;

• How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; and

• Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one.

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., lunch is included

WHERE: Bacon County Extension Office 203 S. Dixon Street

Alma, GA 31510

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Any produce grower who grows, packs, harvests, and/or holds covered produce, makes over $25,000 in annual produce sales (on average, based on the past three years of sales), and does not qualify for a Produce Safety Rule exemption is required to attend this training under new federal regulations. As a reminder, larger grower operations (with more than

$500,000 in annual sales) will have to comply with the Produce Safety Rule by January 2018.

WHY: This PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in §112.22(c), which 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.’

REGISTRATION: To register, please call or email the Bacon County Extension Office before December 8th, at 912-632-5601 or uge4005@uga.edu.