Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Regional Train-the-Trainer Workshop

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October 4th – 5th, 2017

Day 1 (Tuesday) 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Day 2 (Wednesday) 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lee County Center, 2420 Tramway Road, Sanford, North Carolina 27332

Registration is open to both NC Residents ($200) and Non-NC Residents ($250). Registration information can be found here. There are a limited number of scholarships available from Golden LEAF for NC applicants to support training costs. There is an expectation for scholarship recipients to support NC trainings. Requests, made during the registration process, need to be made before September 16th to Chip Simmons at

DAY ONE – Wednesday, October 4, 2017                       

8:30 a.m. – Sign-in and Refreshments
9:00 a.m. – Welcome, Introductions, and Course Expectations
9:30 a.m. – Review of Training Resources – Manuals & Jump Drives
10:00 a.m.  –  Principles of Adult Education and Training
10:45 a.m.  –  Break
11:00 a.m.  –  Review of Key Concepts – Module 1: Introduction to Produce Safety
12:15 p.m.  –  Lunch Provided
1:00 p.m. – Review of Key Concepts – Module 2: Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
2:00 p.m. – Review of Key Concepts – Module 3: Soil Amendments
2:45 p.m. –   Break
3:00 p.m. – Review of Key Concepts – Module 4: Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
3:45 p.m. – Multi-day Training Options and Training Partnerships that Work
4:30 p.m. – Day 1 Wrap Up: Things to Add to the Parking Lot and Expectations for Day 2
5:00 p.m. –   Adjourn

DAY TWO – Thursday, October 5, 2017

8:30 a.m. – Sign-in and Refreshments
9:00 a.m. – Day One Reflections
9:30 a.m. – Review of Key Concepts – Module 5: Agricultural Water Part 1 – Production Water
10:30 a.m.  –  Break
10:45 a.m.  –  Review of Key Concepts – Module 5: Agricultural Water Part 2 – Postharvest Water
11:30 a.m.  –  Review Key Concepts – Module 6: Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
12:30 p.m.  –  Lunch Provided
1:15 p.m. – Review Key Concepts – Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
2:00 p.m. – Break Out Session: Trainer Review of Modules
3:30 p.m. –   Break
3:45 p.m. – PSA Training Protocol, Lead Trainer Application, Evaluations, and Course Logistics
4:15 p.m. – Respond to Anything Remaining in the Parking Lot
4:30 p.m. –   Final Questions, Closing Statements, and Collection of Evaluations
5:00 p.m. –   Adjourn – Day 2

QUESTIONS  For more information about the program, this training, or registration, please contact Chip Simmons ( or Elena Rogers ( For specific questions about registration, please contact Brittany Santore ( or Christina Shepard (

For more information about other scheduled PSA Training Courses, please click here to visit the PSA website.

Who Should Attend: Produce safety educators and others who work with fruit and vegetable growers who are interested in becoming certified Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) trainers for this standardized curriculum that meets the regulatory requirements in the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. This curriculum was developed through a nationwide collaboration including produce growers, extension educators, researchers, produce industry representatives, and government personnel. Those who become a PSA Lead Trainer are able to offer the PSA standardized curriculum to growers under the direction of a PSA Lead Trainer.

WRITTEN BYPhoto of Dr. Chip Simmons, IIIDr. Chip Simmons, IIIArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture – Food SafetyServes 51 CountiesBased out of Weaver Labs (Biological and Agricultural Engineering)