2022-2023 Produce Safety Grower Training Course

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

*Out of state registrants: Please email Heather at bordenhe@msu.edu before registering for this course. There are a limited amount of seats available for out of state participants. 

A Day-long Online (Remote Delivery) Training Course will be offered on Nov. 9, 2022.

The typical Day-long Course Schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

  • 8 a.m. ET    Orientation and Paperwork
  • 12 p.m. ET       Lunch break
  • 12:30 p.m. ET  Training resumes
  • 4:30 p.m. ET    Evaluation, certificate application
  • 5 p.m. ET    Course concludes

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 a farm food safety training equivalent to the standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA. This program satisfies that requirement. Please note that because this course is not provided “in person,” a course monitor has been appointed to verify participant engagement and attendance via video for this entire course. Per the requirements of the Association of Food and Drug Officials, course participants are only eligible to receive the PSA/AFDO Certificate of Course Completion if their presence during all of the PSA modules can be confirmed by the course monitor. The certificate of course completion will be issued at a later date when proof of attendance has been verified, and all paperwork has been reviewed.

The fee for this course is $85. This covers a portion of the costs associated with this training. The remainder of the cost is covered thanks to a grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Registration deadline: Two weeks before the event. Preregistration is required and course materials will be mailed to the address you provide during registration. If the course manual is returned (deemed undeliverable) or is lost after delivery, participants will be responsible for the cost of a replacement manual and shipping costs.  All participants must be in possession of the course materials in order to attend this online event. Cancellation is free before the registration deadline. Participants will be assessed the full course fee if registration is canceled after course training materials are mailed out. 

Sponsors for this training include the Produce Safety Alliance, US Food and Drug Administration, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. 

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 of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government.

***Because course materials must be mailed to participants, preregistration is required and no exceptions can be made.


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 training for your group, contact Heather Borden, the Michigan State University Extension-FSMA Produce Safety Logistics Coordinator, at bordenhe@msu.edu.