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You've attended a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. . . so now what?
The Farmers Union Produce Safety Podcast is an educational series for fruit and vegetable farmers that takes the PSA classroom learning into the field! Hosted by the late Chris Blanchard of Purple Pitchfork, this podcast shares produce safety requirements and best practices-- from harvesting to record-keeping-- so that you can take this knowledge and easily apply it your operation. Each episode covers different topics and ranges from 5-20 minutes in length.  
We hope the podcast will be a great audio companion as you seed in your greenhouse, weed in the garden, and (safely) harvest and handle your produce! 
The Farmers Union Produce Safety Podcast is free and available for download on iTunes or online. The podcast was produced by Wisconsin Farmers Union, with support and funding from the National Farmers Union, Local Food Safety Collaborative, and the Food and Drug Administration. 
Recorded Webinar
Over 130 people registered and over 70 people logged on to the live webinar, "Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance: How and Why Growers Should Comment" on 4/12/19, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST. In case you missed it... The recorded webinar is accessible on the Local Food Safety Collaborative website for viewing and sharing! Although the FDA deadline has passed, the public can always submit comments on the PSR Draft Guidance.
Thank you once more to our engaged participants and expert speakers from the National Farmers Union, the National Young Farmers Coalition, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration!  

Click here  to view the recorded webinar, "Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance: How and Why Growers Should Comment". 
From the Farm: Historic White Oak Pastures Embraces a Food Safety Culture
In our "From the Farm" blog series, we're bringing you food safety stories, opinions, best practices and lessons learned from family farmers across the country!
Meet farmer Sarah Jordan, the Organic Vegetable Farm Manager for White Oak Pastures. White Oak Pastures is a six-generation, 152-year-old family farm in Bluffton, Georgia. They take pride in farming practices that focus on regenerative land management, humane animal husbandry, and revitalizing their rural community. They are fiercely proud of their zero-waste production system that utilizes all parts of the animals they pasture-raise and hand-butcher on the farm .
We had the pleasure of meeting Sarah at a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training that LFSC hosted at White Oak Pastures. We asked Sarah a few questions about how this historic farm considers food safety in its daily operations. 
FDA Updates   
  1. Guidance For Industry: FDA Announces Enforcement Discretion Policy for Certain Produce Commodities (Hops, Wine Grapes, Pulse Crops, and Almonds).
  2. Constituent Update: FDA Finalizes Water Requirement Dates.
The Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) announced that the national Clearinghouse has received a new look and a new name... the Food Safety Resource Clearinghouse!

This "database" is a curated source of Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food Rules related resources.  Anyone can search and view the FSMA food safety resources by type, topic, state, and/or keywords.
  1.  Food Safety Funding Opportunities: These programs offer funding for food safety outreach, education or equipment.
  2. Water Summit Summary Report: The Produce Safety Alliance published the Key Outcomes from the 2018 Agricultural Water Summit.
  3. Needs Assessment: "Midwest Growers' Needs for Compliance with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule".
  4. Service Animals on U-Pick Farms: This publication reviews applicable Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policies and outlines what they may mean for produce growers and farms with U-Pick operations, roadside stands, on-site restaurants, and other venues that are open to the general public.
  5. FSMA Legal Research Webinar: A summary of NECAFS' efforts to help identify and prioritize legal research questions within the produce community. The findings and outcomes from a national survey and input from advisors from across the country (produce growers, educators, trade associations, advocates, regulators, and attorneys) is also provided.
  6. Water Quality Testing Lab Maps: Two Coordination Centers tasked with advancing and providing food safety training and technical assistance have launched maps to assist growers in locating labs that can test the quality of agricultural water:
World Food Safety Day
"If it isn't safe, then it isn't food"- Food and Agriculture Organization 
Keeping food safe is a complex process that starts on the farm and ends with the consumer. Cognizant of the urgent need to raise awareness and inspire action at all levels, the United Nations General Assembly designated June 7, 2019 as the first ever World Food Safety Day.
Upcoming Trainings, Workshops &
LFSC works with a team of trainers, farmers and experts across the country to conduct outreach and bring educational opportunities that enhance fundamental food safety knowledge and help local producers and processors comply with applicable Food Safety Modernization Act regulations. 
Winchester, Kentucky 
On-Farm Food Safety Workshop: 5/30 
Winthrop, Washington 
On-Farm Food Safety Workshop: 6/13
Anywhere, Earth 
World Food Safety Day: 6/7
Thorp, Washington 
On-Farm Food Safety Workshop: 7/8 
Manhattan, Kansas 
PSA Grower Training: 7/11   
Do you need a PSA Grower Training or food safety workshop near you?
Do you need   some help finding FSMA or food safety resources in your region?  
Would you like the Local Food Safety Collaborative  to speak at your conference?

Please complete LFSC's request form and we'll respond to you! 
National Farmers Union interns make a lasting impact on the work we do and they help to further LFSC's mission of supporting family farmers across the country through food safety outreach, education and training.  
In this blog post, " Starting from Scratch: Learning about Food Safety with LFSC", Kira Zimmerman reflects on her Spring semester internship at National Farmers Union. 
Applications for Fall 2019 internships are accepted until July 15. Learn more about how to apply here.
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