2024 PSA Grower Training

Upcoming Sessions

Several sessions available! Choose from the following dates:

In-Person

  • Feb. 29 | 8 AM - 5 PM
    San Juan County Fire Training Center
    209 South Oliver Drive
    Aztec, NM 87410
  • Mar. 1 | 8 AM - 5 PM
    Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service
    1510 Menaul Blvd. NW
    Albuquerque, NM 87107

Remote Delivery

  • Apr. 23 - 24 | 8 AM - 12:30 PM
  • June 25 - 26 | 8 AM - 12:30 PM

In Person

This training is intended for New Mexico fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. NOTE: This course is not intended for FDA Employees.

Registration & Fees: Online registration available! Pay with credit card or P-Card only! Registration is limited, register today!

  • $50 - In-State: New Mexico residents only
  • $135 - Out-of-State: U.S. residents only

Includes: The registration fee includes manual, lunch, and certificate.

Deadline: Feb. 23 at 5 PM

Refunds: Requests must be received in writing to Janet Witte at jswitte@nmsu.edu by Feb. 12 at 5 PM.

Curriculum

The PSA Grower Training curriculum includes seven modules. For in-person courses, trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering the curriculum content.

  • Module 1: Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Module 2: Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Module 3: Soil Amendments
  • Module 4: Wildlife and Domesticated Animals
  • Module 5: Land Use Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
  • Module 6: Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • Module 7: 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 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 microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin 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 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.

Produce Safety Alliance logo
fresh fruit and vegetables
Register Now!
April

Register Now!
June


The Centers logo
NMDA logo

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service, please contact Janet Witte at jswitte@nmsu.edu or leave a detailed message at 575-646-5949 by:
  • Feb. 12 at 5 PM - In Person Courses
  • Apr. 8 at 5 PM - April Course
  • June 10 at 5 PM - June Course
New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperating.

This [project/publication/program/website, etc.] [is/was] supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award U2FFD007432. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by FDA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Remote Delivery

The remote, two half-day, training event via "interactive remote video conferencing" "Zoom" that is intended for New Mexico fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. NOTE: This course is not intended for FDA Employees.

Registration & Fees: Online registration available! Pay with credit card or P-Card only! Registration is limited, register today!

  • $45 - In-State: New Mexico residents only
  • $135 - Out-of-State: U.S. residents only

Includes: The registration fee includes a hard copy manual that you must have to take the class. We send each manual by US Mail to the mailing address that you provided. If expected date is not within the needed time, the manual is sent priority. We mail them early enough that they should arrive well before each class. But if shipping is delayed and the manual does not arrive in time, we will offer you a place in the next available class. We will make arrangements with you if this happens.

Deadline:

  • Apr. 8 at 5 PM - April Course
  • June 10 at 5 PM - June Course

The link and password will be provided following registration; the week prior to the start of the course. You will need Internet access, video camera, and microphone for the web session. A practice session will be provided and attendance is strongly encouraged. This session is scheduled to check connectivity and address any issues prior to the start of the class the following Tuesday.

For more information on the Zoom requirements and instructions, please visit: Zoom Meeting Guide.

Upon interactive completion of the entire 8-hour course, growers will receive a certificate to help satisfy the new Food Safety Modernization Act guidelines. The course will be interactive; both video and audio thus attendance for the entire two 4-hour sessions is mandatory. Prior approval for divergences is required.

Refunds: Requests must be received in writing to Janet Witte at jswitte@nmsu.edu by:

  • Apr. 8 at 5 PM - April Course
  • June 10 at 5 PM - June Course

NOTE: At the present time, we are not accepting international orders. We apologize for any inconvenience. All orders will be verified to be legitimate New Mexico or U.S. residents! Please do not register if you live outside the U.S.


ATTN: Janet Witte, NMSU
Southwest Border Food Protection & Emergency Preparedness Center
MSC 3AE, P.O. Box 30003
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Phone: 575-646-5949
Email: jswitte@nmsu.edu