University of California

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

Plum Packing

***Price has been reduced to $150 per registration.***


This course is now full. Please contact Heidi Meier ( for more information.


This workshop presents an integrated approach to understanding Food Safety Modernization Act specifications by blending fundamental, applied, and practical food safety knowledge.


Completing 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.’

Topics included

Modules are the FDA recognized trainings for grower certification

  • Introduction of Course Objectives
  • Conceptual and Operational Challenges: Hazards, Risks, & Prioritization 
  • Module 1: Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Participatory analysis of real-world case example
  • Module 2: Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Viruses and parasites – a science-based framework for interventions
  • Module 3: Soil Amendments 
  • Module 5: Agricultural Water – Part 1
  • Module 4: Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Developing a Root-Cause Analysis and Implementation Plan 
  • Interactive Challenge Scenarios
  • Module 5: Agricultural Water – Part 2
  • Postharvest Internalization 
  • Module 6: Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • Cleaning and Sanitation 
  • Field–pack and Packing house sanitary design 
  • Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan 
  • Customizing Training in Preventive Controls for Secondary Activities Farms
  • Preparing for When Things Go Wrong 
  • Systems Approach to Qualitative and Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessments 
  • Pathogen testing basics 
  • Best Practices for EMP design and Implementation


  • Dr. Trevor Suslow, Coordinator and Lead Instructor Extension Research Specialist University of California Davis Department of Plant Sciences
  • Jim Gorny, Ph.D., VP Food Safety & Technology, Produce Marketing Association
  • Johnna Hepner, Director of Food Safety & Technology, Produce Marketing Association



Enrollment Information

Date and Time

November 7, 2017 from 8am to 5pm.


The course will be held at the Heidrick Agriculture Museum Event Center at 1962 Hays Lane in Woodland, CA 95776.

Enrollment Fee

This $150 fee includes all instruction and course materials.

If your plans change

Refunds, less a processing fee, will be granted if requested no later than October 25, 2017. At that time, you can also discuss sending a substitute. We reserve the right to discontinue, postpone, or combine classes, and to change instructors. Every effort will be made to notify enrollees of any changes or cancellations.

Accommodations and Parking

For Davis hotel information, visit our Welcome to Davis page. 

Free parking is available at meeting venue.


Suslow, Trevor

Dr. Trevor V Suslow 

Trevor Suslow is an extension research specialist at the University of California, Davis, Department of Plant Sciences with statewide responsibilities in quality and safety of perishable horticultural commodities. Dr. Suslow’s program involves preharvest and postharvest research and outreach education on diverse fresh and fresh-cut horticultural foods. His emphasis is microbial safety and disinfection within the preharvest and postharvest environment and postharvest pathology. Other interests include biological control and other biologically mediated controls of postharvest diseases and pathogens of human food safety concern. Dr. Suslow received his BSc. in Agricultural Sciences with honors and his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of California, Berkeley.


For more information on technical content, please contact:

Dr Trevor V Suslow
Title: Extension Research Specialist
Department of Plant Sciences
Mann Laboratory Mail Stop 3
Davis, CA 95616-8780
Phone: (530) 754-8313
Fax: 530-752-4554


For more registration information, please contact:

Heidi Meier
Title: Program Representative
Department of Plant Sciences
Mann Laboratory, Room 101
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: 530-752-1410




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