The courses are aimed at fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, good agricultural practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the Produce Safety Rule requirement that necessitates a supervisor or a responsible party on farms have successfully completed food safety training.
The course includes seven hours of instruction time covering topics including worker health, hygiene, and training, agricultural water, postharvest handling and sanitation, and more.
The dates and locations for the four trainings are:
Feb. 17 in Spokane, Wash.
March 14 in Port Hadlock, Wash.
March 16 in Mount Vernon, Wash.
April 14 in Vancouver, Wash.
Cost is $25 for Washington residents, $125 out of state. The Washington State Department of Agriculture is subsidizing the course.
Register and find more information on the WSU Food Safety website.