Keeping up with regulations to ensure your farm is using best practices can be daunting. Extension can provide fundamental, science-based, on-farm food safety knowledge to fresh fruit and vegetable farmers, packers, regulatory personnel and others interested in the safety of fresh produce in Arkansas. Click here to sign up and learn more.
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.
What topics will be covered?
Topics covered will include: agricultural water, soil amendments, worker health and hygiene, wildlife management, postharvest handling, and food safety plans.
Who should attend?
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 Safety Rule.