This 'Course' provides Supplemental Resources for the PSA Virtual Grower Training conducted by West Virginia University's Extension Service.


The PSA Grower Training is training for produce growers, buyers, and others interested in learning about: produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety.

The PSA Grower Training covers FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements and best practices in produce safety in seven key areas: Introduction to Produce Safety; Worker Health and Hygiene; Soil Amendments Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use; Production and Postharvest Water; Postharvest Handling and Sanitation; and How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan.

The training course has time built-in for questions and discussions, so attendees should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.