University Farms Program

growers sorting tomatoesWelcome to the online food safety training for university farms.  Food safety with fresh produce has been an increasing concern in recent years. This online training is meant to educate untrained workers on safe food production handling through the identification of biological, physical, and chemical hazards within the field.

Find the videos by using the menu to the left.  Through these videos, you will learn different prevention strategies to help reduce or eliminate risks from occurring. Quizzes will be available on the website and administered at the end of each section of the training. Additional activities and case studies are provided on the website to assist with further identifying hazards associated with produce. A resource manual is also available on the website to provide university farm managers more in-depth information.

close up of strawberriesPlease note that university farm instructors should complete a full length, nationally-approved Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) short course training to be fully knowledgeable about how to minimize food safety risks within the field.

If you have further questions about this training, please e-mail us at or contact by phone at (515) 294-0868.


Activities- An Answer Key for all Activities and Quizes can be found in the Instructor Resources.

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University Instructor Manual.pdf

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ISU Extension and Outreach has several publications to offer safety guidance for growers and processors.  Download the FREE pdf's for Farmers Markets and Community Supported Agriculture.