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Remote PSA Grower Training Fall Schedule

Food Production Webinars
Only 3 more Produce Safety Grower Training opportunities this year!๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŒพ
Did you miss the September training? It's not too late to sign up for one of the last three trainings of the year!

๐Ÿ‚Remote PSA Grower Training Schedule: Fall/Winter 2020โ„

Each training will be split into two days and will take place from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm both days. Each training will be conducted live through Zoom.
Who should attend:
Anyone who grows, harvests, packs and handles fresh fruits and vegetables. Registration is limited to 20 participants. Sign up soon to reserve your spot.
Why you should attend:
On-farm food safety practices are vital in the produce industry. Many farms are now required to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. This training will educate growers on the Produce Safety Rule. Upon completion of this training, participants receive a certificate satisfying the requirement 112.22(c) in the Produce Safety Rule.
What is required to receive a certificate:
You must attend both days of the training. Additionally, you must have the following:
  • Internet access
  • Zoom Video Conferencing software*
  • Web camera
  • Microphone
When is the registration deadline:
Registration closes at 11:59 pm on the following days:
  • October training closes on October 14th
  • November training closes on November 2nd
  • December training closes on November 24th
Training materials will be mailed to your residence. Registration closes seven days before the training to accommodate ordering materials and mailing them to you.
*Once you receive the registration link, you will be prompted to download the free Zoom software. You do not have to create an account to participate.

**Participant attendance and engagement will be monitored. Participants are only eligible for a PSA/AFDO Certificate of Course Completion if they are present for all modules of the course**
Webinar Opportunities
Starting a Small Food Business in Arkansas: Cottage Food
October 16th | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Since 2011, the Arkansas Cottage Food Law has allowed residents to sell certain non-hazardous food items direct to the public. These โ€œcottage foodsโ€ are specific types of food made in home kitchens, however, not all foods can be made at home and sold to the public. Food entrepreneurs and home-based food businesses can learn more about cottage foods in this webinar, co-hosted with Family & Consumer Sciences.

Contact Bryan Mader at for more information.
Food Safety Documentation and COVID-19 Preparedness for Small Food Manufacturers
October 23rd | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Small-scale food manufacturers (<$1 million in sales/year) must understand and comply with state and federal regulations to safely produce packaged food products. Abby Snyder, Food Safety Specialist, Cornell University, will lead this conversation about Good Manufacturing Practices, policies to enhance COVID-19 prevention and required FSMA documentation. Food manufacturers, food protection regulators and shared-use kitchen managers should attend.

This course is offered by Cornell University and made possible through a grant supported by the USDA.

Contact Angela Gardner at for more information.
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