This project is funded by the State and Territory Cooperative Agreement to Enhance Produce Safety in Preparation of Implementation of FDA’s Rule: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, through FDA grant 1U18FD005810-01 (CFDA #93.102- Food and Drug Administration Research.)
The project established a coalition of produce and food safety experts, from within Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and Iowa State University. Steering committee members and sub awardees provide the leadership, policy and technical expertise needed to complete jurisdictional self-assessments, planning, farm inventory, infrastructure development, multi-year planning, education and outreach and technical assistance, and any needed legislative research. The goal is compilation of an inventory, assessments needs, training, and a strategic plan for alignment of state programs and activities with FDA’s PSR.
On-Farm Readiness Reviews
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct voluntary on farm assessments to help Iowa growers prepare for FDA farm inspections conducted under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR). The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach On Farm Produce Safety Team will offer in the 2018-2019 growing season twenty voluntary On Farm Readiness Reviews (ORFF) assessments of Iowa farms that grow, harvest, pack and hold vegetable and fruit for human consumption and use diverse production practices.
The purpose of the ORFF process is to:
Prepare Iowa farmers for implementation of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
Help growers better understand how to translate the PSR on their farm
Help growers assess their readiness for implementation of the FSMA PSR
Provide guidance on how to get individual farms into compliance with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule
The On Farm Readiness reviews are free of charge and are done on a voluntary basis and take less than 2 hours to complete. There are two pre-requisite requirements for interested growers:
1) At least one person on the farm must have been trained and received the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training certificate; and
2) On Farm Readiness Reviews are done when produce is being grown, harvested, and/or post-harvest handled.
Sign up for your review.
What is the training:
The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’ Get more information about the PSA course here.
Participants must be present for the entire eight-hour course to get credit for attending.
The PSA courses are designed for growers of fruits and vegetables. If you are a fruit or vegetable processor, please click here for more information about the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance trainings.
$20 for Iowa growers. $120 for out of state growers.
Fee includes PSA manual, certificate of completion, and lunch.
If you have more than one person attending from the same farm/company AND you want to share one PSA manual, you can register two people for the price of one. Contact us for details. (IowaFSMA@iastate.edu or 515-294-6773)
Registration for the PSA classes is currently open. To register with a credit card, go to the Events page (use the menu on the left) and click on the preferred training. To register by check, download the registration form and mail it in.
18-19 psa registration form.pdf
If you are unable to download the form, please contact your local extension office, email us at Iowafsma@iastate.edu, or call 515-294-6773, and we will send you a paper registration form.
It is strongly recommended individuals with little to no previous Good Agricultural Practices experience or education view the Iowa GAP 1 videos prior to attendance. The videos can be accessed free of charge.
It would also be helpful to be familiar with the content of #1 and #3 in this series. They are 5 and 10 minutes long.
To see the trainings on a map, click here.
Oct. 16- Red Oak
Oct. 23- Sac City
Nov. 8- Grinnell
Nov. 27- Peosta (Dubuque County)
Dec. 11- Guthrie Center
Jan. 24- Waterloo
Jan. 30- Bettendorf
Feb. 5- Nevada
Feb. 28- Leon
Mar. 7- Burlington
Mar. 12- Algona
Angela Shaw, PhD
Associate professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
State Horticulturist, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Lakshman Rajagopal, PhD
Associate professor of Apparel, Events & Hospitality Management
Shannon Coleman, PhD
Assistant professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Extension Field Specialist, Agriculture
Smaranda Andrews, PhD
Extension Program Specialist, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Extension Program Specialist, Value Added Agriculture
Extension Program Coordinator, Local Foods Team
Iowa State University Extension, Local Foods Coordinator
Horticulture & Local Foods Program Coordinator
Graduate Research Assistant, Food Science and Human Nutrition