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PSA Trainers & Lead Trainers Annual Update Webinar October 16, 2019

Attendance: 219
Meeting recording:

Please refer to presentation for additional details.
All resources discussed in the presentation are linked at the end of the meeting notes. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact Michele Humiston (315)-787-2287 to request printed materials.

  1. PSA Team Updates – Dr. Betsy Bihn, PSA Director
    1. Dr. Kristin Woods, Southeast Extension Associate, is departing the team to return full time with Alabama Extension. We will sorely miss Kristin and greatly appreciate all of her contributions to the team since 2015!
      • PSA will be rehiring Kristin’s position in the Southeast, along with another Spanish-Language Extension Associate.  More info and job postings coming soon!
    2. PSA Provides More than Just Training!
      • Technical assistance
      • International activities
      • Website and database development/management
      • Educational material development and updates
      • Program policy and maintenance
      • Outreach
      • Contributions to science
  1. Training Milestones Ms. Gretchen Wall, PSA Coordinator
    1. PSA Training Reports
      • Reports are conducted quarterly; the next will be issued in January 2020.
      • Full reports available on our website.
      • Since September 2016, 45,210 individuals have attended the PSA Grower Training Course!
      • These achievements highlight the accomplishments of all PSA Trainers, Lead Trainers, and ToTs. Thank you for all of your hard work.
  2. V 1.2 PSA Curriculum – Dr. Connie Fisk, Northwest Regional Extension Associate
    1. Version 1.2 English Released in July, Spanish Released in October
      • Includes updates for Subpart E extension of compliance dates, typographical errors, organizational edits, and new photos
    2. NOTICE
      • Version 1.0 PSA Grower Training curriculum must not be used for registered PSA Grower Trainings after Dec. 31, 2019
      • Version 1.1 can continue to be used, as long as required updates are provided
      • Version 1.2 is the current version of the curriculum
    3. Version Use Policies
  1. Policy Updates & Reminders – Ms. Gretchen Wall, PSA Coordinator
    1. Version 1.2 PowerPoint Access – Bookmark this!
    2. Keep Your Contact Info Up-to-Date
    3. PSA Lead Trainer Responsibilities
    4. Grower Training Evaluations
    5. Registering Courses
    6. Timely Payment
  1. FDA & Spanish Website Updates – Dr. Laura Acuña-Maldonado, Spanish-Language Extension Associate
    1. Enforcement Discretion
    2. Water Compliance Dates Extension
    3. Spanish Website
  1. Updates Including Online Course – Dr. Don Stoeckel, Midwest Regional Extension Associate
    1. Compliance date for Qualified Exemption modified labeling requirement 2020
    2. The publication of the water summit report is available for FDA reference as they re-evaluate the requirements of Subpart E (Agricultural Water)
    3. Updated to Version 1.2, currently being reviewed by FDA to ensure it will meet requirements of 112.22(c) and result in AFDO certificate
    4. Course includes interactive elements and will be instructor-led starting 2020
  1. New & Updated Educational Materials – Ms. Donna Clements, Southwest Regional Extension Associate
    1. Many new and updated resources were discussed. Please refer to presentation or URL links at the end of this document to access materials.
  2. Funding & Future Outlook
    1. Funding
      • PSA has received some additional funding to support us into 2021 and hire one additional Spanish Language Extension Associate
      • Clear need for PSA beyond 2021, so funding is still a concern and sustainability of funding is a challenge.
    2. 10 Years of PSA
      • October 1, 2019 begins our 10th year!
      • Demonstrated positive impact on helping growers understand and implement practices.
      • Continued focus on developing effective education/training materials and technical assistance. This is especially important as inspections begin.
      • Continued support of growers and trainers through advanced trainings.
  1. Call Wrap Up
    1. Visit the Produce Safety Alliance Website for lots of great tools, resources, and information
    2. Webpage for PSA Trainer & Lead Trainer Updates:
    3. Do not hesitate to contact any of the PSA team if you have questions!
    4. Next Update Call – October 2020, Date TBD
  2. Q & A
  1. Are there any methods you recommend for water tests?
    1.  The Water Analysis Method Requirement in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule document helps to explain this: 
  2. Can a trainer teach a course to Spanish students using a translator?
    1. Yes, so long as the translator is familiar with common scientific, agricultural, and regulatory terminology to ensure accurate presentation of the curriculum content and is able to easily communicate back to the trainers with the attendee’s questions. Utilizing translators can present significant challenges, and is not recommended if trainers who are fluent in the language are available. There are many PSA Lead Trainers and PSA Trainers who are fluent in Spanish. We suggest utilizing our trainer directory, which can be used by searching for ‘Spanish’ under languages.
  3. Can you clarify if Jan. 2022 is the required date to start developing a water testing program or the date by which the producer must have already developed a MWQP?
    1. Jan 2022 is the date that large farms (over $500K) must start taking water samples. The relevant line from Comment #6 of the 2019 Rule extending Subpart E (water compliance) date: "Farms are not required to have completed a MWQP by their compliance date. A farm's compliance date means the date on which the farm must begin sampling a water source for its initial survey, which will eventually result in a MWQP..." Link for full text
  4. When will the updated GAPs Worker Health & Hygiene training video be available to growers?
    1. It is still being edited to incorporate FSMA requirements but we will share it with trainers and through the general listserv once it is available.
  5. Is FDA making its on farm readiness evaluation text public yet?
    1. As far as anyone at PSA knows, the On Farm Readiness Review manual and list of walk-around questions is not yet publicly available.  We would recommend contacting NASDA (National Association of State Departments of Agriculture) for more information; your State CAP grantee may also have further information.  The URL for NASDA OFRR is
  6. Is it possible to have the trainer (trainer name-info) information page on the website listed by State?
    1. If you go to our Trainer database, you can search by State for trainers who affiliate with that state.  You can also search by country, status (trainer or lead trainer) and languages of presentation fluency. 
  7. Is there a farm food safety plan template available in Spanish?
    1. Penn State has a farm food safety plan template in Spanish available
  8. Is there any entity working on commercial soil amendment database that would be analogous to OMRI for NOP?  It would be a nice service for farms needing to deal with this part of the PSR.  The Food Safety Materials Review Institute?
    1. That is a great suggestion. We are not aware of any entity working on such a list, but we'll keep our ears open. PSA is working on additional soil amendment resources based on other projects. As they are developed, we will highlight them on our website, through social media, and the PSA newsletter.
  9. Will the Advanced Trainer Workshops be available in other locations aside from Florida?
    1. Yes, but dates and locations have not been chosen. Contact your Regional Extension Associate if you are interested in hosting.
  10. Can you clarify the dividing line between farms and facilities as it relates to compliance with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule or FSMA Preventive Controls Rule?
    1. General, high level guidance – as soon as a raw agricultural commodity is changed from its original state (e.g., cutting, chopping), the operation may be conducting a manufacturing/processing activity and would potentially be subject to the Preventive Controls Rule. For produce packinghouses, the line is not as clear, which is why FDA is utilizing enforcement discretion for farms, which would have been considered a secondary activities farm except for the ownership of the facility. These packinghouses would still be subject to GMPs. Read more about the enforcement discretion here. Read more in the FDA Draft Guidance for Industry:  Classification of Activities as Harvesting, Packing, Holding, or Manufacturing/Processing for Farms and Facilities.
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