UPCOMING FSMA TRAINING:

TUESDAY, MAY 29TH

This FSMA training course will provide fruit and vegetable growers & processors a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), co-management of natural resources and food safety information, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.
The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) certified trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

•Introduction to Produce Safety
•Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
•Soil Amendments
•Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
•Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
•Postharvest Handling and Sanitation

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

This course offers a great opportunity for growers and producers to receive the training and certificate at a reduced rate ($30 - normally $150) even if you are not required to have the certificate it is a good food safety training and coordinates well with GAP certification requirements. Coffee service and lunch will be provided. You will receive a workbook worth $50 and a Certificate worth $35.

Pennsylvania Farmers Union (PFU) is a policy and advocacy organization that represents family famers in Pennsylvania. These training courses are funded through PFU’s work with the Local Food Safety Collaborative, a project funded by a cooperative agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The goal of this work is to provide outreach, education, and training to small local food producers and processors on the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact GARY BLOSS at (570) 807-8915 or pafarmersunion@gmail.com.

Pennsylvania Farmers Union works to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life of family farmers. Pennsylvania Farmers Union is a home for producers who are committed to conserving our state’s natural bounty, whether they are long-established or beginning their agricultural journey.

We are committed to representing the interests of Pennsylvania farmers on issues such as:

• Sustainability
• Country of Origin Labeling
• Energy and Food Security
• Genetically Modified Crops
• Rural Communities
• Competitive Markets
• Monopolies & Consolidation
• Conservation
• The Environment

The Farmer's Share Of The Retail Dollar

Did you know that farmers and ranchers receive only 15.6* cents of every food dollar that consumers spend on food at home and away from home? According to USDA, off farm costs including marketing, processing, wholesaling, distribution and retailing account for more than 80 cents of every food dollar spent in the United States.

ham

Boneless Ham

1 Pound

Retail: $3.99
Farmer: $0.74

bread

Bread

2 Pounds

Retail: $3.49
Farmer: $0.12

potatoes

Potatoes

Russet, 5 Pounds

Retail: $4.49
Farmer: $0.56

sirloin

Top Sirloin

1 Pound

Retail: $8.99
Farmer: $2.01

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The key to our success and credibility has been Farmers Union’s grassroots structure in which policy positions are initiated locally. Whether the issue is food safety, dairy, specialty crops, trade or any other item facing America’s family farmers – PFU listens to its members.

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PFU is a powerful and respected voice on critical issues on the national and state levels. Our state and national leaders and staff understand the critical issues facing rural America and family agriculture. We represent YOUR voice to elected officials.