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Farm food safety training

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Extension offers courses to help you stay up-to-date on important topics to protect your farm and your customers, and improve the safety and quality of your fresh produce. We partner with experienced farmer-trainers and other organizations to offer:

  • Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) training
  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule grower training

GAPs training

2022/23 sessions include Farmer/Buyer networking!

GAPs, or Good Agricultural Practices, are science-based, farm-level practices for keeping fresh produce safe. All farms are welcome to attend and learn more about GAPs and practices to improve the safety of fresh produce.

  • These half-day courses offer an in-depth look at GAPs on the farm.
  • Learn science-based best practices to help reduce risks of microbial contamination in fresh produce from pathogens such as Salmonella.
  • This course will help you prepare your food safety plan and pass a GAP audit if you seek one for your farm.
  • Strongly encouraged for all fresh produce farms.
  • Trainers include experienced farmers and Extension staff.
  • New this winter – all in-person GAPs workshops include a farmer/buyer networking session to connect local food buyers and producers.

See upcoming GAPs training at the bottom of this page.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule grower training

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requires that fully covered fruit and vegetable farms attend this training.

  • This full-day course meets the training requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule for farms fully covered by the Rule (outlined in §112.22c of the Produce Safety Rule). 
  • Offered in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Produce Safety Program.
  • Led by Extension staff, experienced farmer trainers, and MDA staff. 
  • All growers interested in learning about produce safety, GAPs, and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule are encouraged to attend.
  • Learn more about the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

2023 FSMA training

There are three FSMA training dates available: Jan. 26, Feb. 14-15 and March 9. Find FSMA training on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture site

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