Project Milestones

September 2016...

PSA Launches Trainings Nationally
The PSA has officially launched its’ Grower Training and Train-the-Trainer Courses across the country. For more information about locations and dates of trainings, visit our training information page


March 2016...

PSA Grower Training Preview at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Meeting
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The PSA engaged with NASDA to provide a preview of the newly updated curriculum materials and training to 107 state regulators and Department of Agriculture staff in Orlando, FL.


September 2015–July 2016...

PSA and FDA Division of Produce Safety Curriculum Updating Process​​​​​​​
After the release of the final FSMA Produce Safety Rule, Produce Safety Alliance Staff and FDA’s Division of Produce Safety Staff engaged in an extensive editing and updating process to incorporate the final FSMA requirements into the curriculum content and teaching notes. The resulting curriculum provides a balance between Good Agricultural Practices and FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements.


June 2015...

PSA Train-the-Trainer Program
The PSA officially launched the PSA Train-the-Trainer Program, hosting two trainings; the first in Kalamazoo, MI attended by 54 participants and the second in Harrisburg, PA attended by 50 participants. A special thank you to our collaborators at Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, Michigan State University Extension, Great Lakes Conference on Food Protection, Penn State Extension, and the Pennsylvania Food Safety Resource Center for all of their help in organizing and making these first two trainings a success. We received lots constructive and positive feedback from the first cadre of trainers to help us as we continually improve the course.


January–March 2015...

Pilot Program Evaluation and Revisions
The Train-the-Trainer and Grower Pilots are currently being evaluated and modified, prior to nationwide launch of the training programs.


January 2015...

PSA Grower Pilot—Hershey, PA
The first pilot grower training was held at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, PA on January 26, 2015. Participation was open to the public. Thirty-three produce growers attended and provided useful feedback on the curriculum materials and training program, as well as 15 educator observers.


December 2014...

PSA Train-the-Trainer Pilot—Geneva, NY
Thirty-eight individuals ranging from produce growers, academics, regulators, and produce industry members convened at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY to evaluate the PSA’s proposed Train-the-Trainer program, curriculum materials, and trainer certification process.


August 2014...

Special Session at The International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) Meeting—Indianapolis, IN
This special session hosted at IAFP provided an update on the PSA’s progress with curriculum development, outreach, and future training opportunities for the PSA Train-the-Trainer and Grower Training Programs. FDA Produce Safety Staff Director, Dr. Samir Assar discussed FDA’s commitment to education and outreach to aid in implementation of the final rule for produce safety included in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).


September 2013...

Produce Safety Educator’s Group Formed
The PSA began hosting monthly meetings and FSMA specific webinars for produce safety educators to discuss challenges related to outreach and education, funding for training, and technical assistance. Currently 200+ educators receive monthly updates, meeting notes, and webinar recordings, with an average meeting attendance each month of 35-50.


June 2013...

Trainer Competency Discussion at Center for Produce Safety Annual Meeting—Rochester, NY
Twenty-seven individuals from academia, industry, and government met prior to the annual CPS conference to discuss qualifications of trainers and logistics of trainer certification.


May 2013...

The PSA hosted eight very informative question and answer sessions with the FDA's produce Safety Staff to discuss specific sections of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Proposed Produce Safety Rule from March to May. If you were not able to attend any of the eight Q & A sessions, the audio recordings from each session with the FDA Produce Safety Staff are now available for listening online. These sessions were unscripted and driven by actual situations and questions from farmers, packers, retailers, educators, and industry members. The Q & A series covered key areas of the proposed Produce Rule including: Understanding Exemptions; Agricultural Water; Soil Amendments; Domestic and Wild Animals; Growing, Harvesting, Packing, & Holding; Equipment, Tools, Buildings, & Sanitation; Health, Hygiene and Training for Workers; and Recordkeeping, Compliance, & Enforcement.


November 2012...

We are happy to report that the learning objectives for the curriculum have been finalized and we are moving onto content development. The learning objectives are reflective of the working committee process, farmer focus groups, and identified educational needs based on collaborator programs from around the country. The six modules developed will encompass worker health and hygiene, water (production and postharvest), soil amendments, wildlife, postharvest handling, and how to develop a farm food safety plan.


June 2012...

All ten working committees have published their summaries and recommendations to aid in curriculum development. We greatly appreciate the 178 working committee members who participated in over 70 working committee meetings throughout the past year. A special thanks to the 20 co-chairs who provided their expertise and leadership to guide the WCs to completion. All WC notes and summaries are now posted online for download.


April 2012...

Focus groups with 89 small fruit and vegetables growers across the country were held through the months of February to April to gather their thoughts, challenges, and preferences related to implementing food safety practices on the farm as well as to determine their preferred learning style, educational media, and critical aspects to effective training sessions. The final report summarizing the data can be found here.


March 14, 2012...

Many of the Working Committees (WCs) are entering their final conference calls and discussing their draft summaries. All summaries will be made available for download as they are finalized on our website. To date, we have hosted 65 committee meetings with 180 members engaged in the process.


December 2011...

Working committees 1–6 are wrapping up their discussions and submitting final recommendations to the Executive committee. Working committees 7–10 will continue to meet after the New Year — there's still time to join us in the process. So far we have held 49 committee meetings and worked with 168 different committee members in 34 states!


August 17, 2011...

All ten working committees are up and running! Check the calendar and working committee notes to get updates on their progress.


June 29 & 30, 2011...

Produce Safety Alliance Educational Materials Conference. Click here to view the conference summary.
Click here to view the conference proceedings.


April 1, 2011...

Produce Safety Alliance website is launched at www.producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu
Click here to view the press release.


January 7, 2011...

Produce Safety Alliance Executive Committee meets in Washington, DC to formalize structure and function of the PSA.


November 4, 2010...

Press releases announce the formation of the Produce Safety Alliance. Select from the following links to view one of the published releases:


October 1, 2010...

Produce Safety Alliance is established through a cooperative agreement between Cornell University, USDA, and FDA is completed.