2019-2020 Produce Safety Grower Certification Course

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.

2019-2020 Program Dates and Locations: 

October 28 - Traverse City, MI
Grand Traverse Resort
100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd., Acme, MI 49610

November 7 - East Lansing, MI
Greenstone Farm Credit Services
3515 West Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823

December 9 - Grand Rapids, MI
Amway Grand Hotel
187 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

January 16 - Capac, MI
Holly Meadows Golf Course & Banquet Center
4855 Capac Road, Capac, Michigan 48014

February 19 - Vicksburg, MI
MSU Extension Vicksburg
101 S. Main St., Vicksburg, MI 49707

February 27 - Lawrence, MI 
Van Buren Conference Center
490 S Paw Paw Street
Lawrence, MI 49064

March 19 - Negaunee, MI
Marquette County MSU Extension 
184 US-41, Negaunee, MI 49866

March 25 - Fremont, MI
Fremont Area District Library
104 East Main Street
Fremont, Michigan 49412

March 26 - Interlochen, MI
Interlochen Public Library
9411 Tenth St.
Interlochen, MI 49643

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

  • 8:45 a.m. Registration
  • 9:15 a.m. Training
  • 12 p.m. Lunch (On Own unless a sponsorship is arranged- an email will be sent with those details)
  • 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 2019-2020 Grower Produce Safety events will be announced in MSU Extension News and at www.msue.msu.edu.

Registration for 2019-2020 Produce Safety Grower Certification Course is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 18, 2020.


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.