Michigan State University Extension will host the Food and Drug Administration-defined Produce Safety Alliance Grower Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) certification course at various locations. Those interested in learning about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP's), produce safety, co-management, and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule are invited to participate.  (Chose one site.)

2019 Spring Program Dates and Locations: 

March 14 — Fremont, MI
Fremont Public Library
104 E Main St., Fremont, MI 49412

March 15 — Traverse City, MI
Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station
6686 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684

March 28th — South Haven, MI 
Lake Michigan College - South Haven Campus
125 Veterans Blvd, South Haven, MI 49090

April 9 — Stephenson, MI
Menominee County Extension
S904 US-41, Stephenson, MI 49887

April 11 — St. Ignace, MI
St. Ignace Public Library
110 W. Spruce Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781

April 18th -- Detroit Area
Wayne County Health Administration Building
33030 Van Born Rd, Wayne, MI 48184

Typical Day-long Course Schedule (subject to change):

  • 9 a.m. Registration
  • 9:30 a.m. Training
  • 12 p.m. Lunch (On Own)
  • 1:15 p.m. Training
  • 4 p.m. Evaluation, certificate application

The following required modules will be included:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domestic Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

At least one supervisor from the farm must complete the food safety training at least equivalent to the standardized curriculum recognized by FDA. The certificate of course completion will be issued at a later date when all paperwork has been reviewed. Participants must attend all seven modules to obtain certification

Registration deadline:  Five days before event, or until full.  Preregistration required.

Sponsors include the Michigan State University Product Center, Produce Safety Alliance, US Food and Drug Administration, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and Michigan Farm Bureau

Funding for this program was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in the presentation do not necessarily reflect the official policies if the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.

Because of space and materials limitations, preregistration is required. 

Future 2019 Grower Produce Safety events will be announced in MSU Extension News and at www.msue.msu.edu.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information on upcoming trainings or if you would like to request a group training closer to your location, contact Heather Borden the Michigan State University Extension- FSMA Produce Safety Logistics Coordinator, at bordenhe@msu.edu or 517-768-2038.