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Join the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service's Produce Safety Team
to learn about new practices and regulations for fruit and vegetable producers. Contact Dr. Amanda Philyaw Perez with questions, phone: 501-671-2228.
Jump to the Upcoming Events & Trainings section below to reserve your spot today!
Topics covered will include: agricultural water, soil amendments, worker health and
hygiene, wildlife management, postharvest handling, and food safety plans.
For fresh produce farms, FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule sets
mandatory federal standards for growing, harvesting, packing, and holding produce.
Most produce farms will be affected by this Rule. Growers need to attend a training to learn about new regulations impacting the produce
industry and will receive a certificate of completion which satisfies the FDA requirement
for training. This training, developed by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) and presented
by the University of Arkansas Extension Service, will help growers understand the
new requirements, and will provide the information needed to comply with the Produce
In-Person Trainings: Workshop participants are encouraged to arrive by 8:00 a.m. The workshop will include
snacks, lunch, and beverages. The program will conclude by 5:00 p.m.
Remote Trainings: The remote workshop is held over two days, starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 12:30
p.m. on both days. Participants must attend both days to receive the training certificate.
Other Trainings: Please see event information for time/location details.
In-Person Trainings: The in-person training is $25/person and open to the public; however, space is limited.
Remote Trainings: The remote training is $25/person for in-state (within Arkansas) and $100/person for
out-of-state (outside Arkansas) and open to the public; however, space is limited
and preference will be given to Arkansas farmers.
Other Trainings: Costs will vary depending on the program. These trainings are open to the public;
however, space is limited.
Select the links below for additional information and registration:
October 2023 In-Person Training -- Final training for 2023!
Location: Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center (Fayetteville, AR)
Date & Time: October 26th, 8am - 5pm
Cost: $25 Arkansas residents // $100 non-residents
Lunch, training manual, and materials provided.
Registration closes on October 23, 2023.
Participant attendance and engagement are required for the entire training/all modules
in order to be eligible for PSA/AFDO Certificate of Course Completion.
Register for the October 2023 training!