Clemson University

Remote South Carolina Produce Safety Rule Grower Training, January 27 & 28

This is a TWO DAY training, January 27 & 28, from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this training is being offered temporarily via remote delivery. In order to participate, individuals must have a webcam and audio capability and will be required to have both operating during the full course of the training (January 27, 1 pm – 5:30 pm & January 28, 1 pm - 5:30 pm). It is a Produce Safety Alliance requirement that participants are monitored in order to verify participants’ attendance and engagement. Participants will only be eligible for the PSA/AFDO Certificate of Course Completion if they are present for all modules of the course.

The training will take place via Zoom, which does not require special software. Zoom does have system requirements, which can be found here: Please make sure that your system meets the requirements for Zoom meetings.

The Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Manual v1.2 will be mailed to registrants prior to the training. Please be sure the shipping address you provide at the time of registration can receive packages. Evaluations and a Zoom link for the training will be sent in a confirmation email prior to the training date.

Who Should Attend:

Fruit and vegetable growers 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 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.’

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course:

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

Benefits of Attending the Course:

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. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

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.

Additional Information:

For more information about scheduled PSA Grower Training Courses, please visit the PSA website at

 For questions, please contact or Chad Carter, Clemson Extension Produce Safety Grower Training Coordinator at (843)730-5211 or, or Brooke Horton, SCDA Produce Safety Outreach Coordinator at (803) 351-1244 or

*Funding for this statement, publication, press release, etc. was made possible in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States.

**Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.



Wednesday, January 27 at 1:00pm to 5:30pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

General, Training and Development, Workshops, Cooperative Extension, Collabfest


College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, Cooperative Extension Service, Food Systems and Safety, Statewide, Horticulture

Target Audience

All Audiences



$20 In State / $100 Out of State + Eventbrite fees



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