Safe Wisconsin Produce: Events

​​​​​​​​​Safe Wisconsin Produce (SWP) will update this page regularly to list virtual and in-person events that are helpful to produce growers throughout the state. If you have ​questions about any of the events below, contact us at safeproduce@​​

​​​Date & Event
March 29, 2023
9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Event: Produce Safety Allianc​e Grower Training

Location: Wausau Public Library, ​Marathon County

Register here
This course is intended for farms that grow, harvest, pack or hold produce on their farm or plan to in the future. Others interested in learning about the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices and food safety are also welcome. Sponsored by DATCP and the ​Wisconsin Farmers Union, this PSA Grower training course is one way to meet the requirement to have at least o​ne su​pervisor or responsible party for your farm attend an approved food safety class. 

Fees for this training are sponsored by Specialty Crop Block Grant funding through DATCP’s Division of Agricultural Development. 

April 4, 2023
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Event: Strawberry School

Location: Arlington Agricultural Research Station, N695 Hopkins Rd., Arlington, WI 53911

Registration: Deadline Friday, March 31. Contact Tiffany Chadwick at for details.

​Registration and refreshments at 8:30 a.m. followed by sessions:
  • Getting Started Growing Strawberries
  • Strawberry Disease Identification and Management  
  • Strawberry Physiology

​Lunch & networking 

  • Eco-Weeder demo  
  • FSMA requirements  
  • Whole Farm Revenue Program  
  • How we run our strawberry operations grower panel ​​
  • Grower discussion​ 
Cost (members $25/person; non-members $45/person) includes lunch, breaks, and materials.
​​April 27, 2023

Event: 2023 Midwest Food Products Association Sanitation Seminar

Location: Wilderness Resort, Glacier Canyon Conference Center, 45 Hillman Rd., Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

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Food safety remains one of the most important issues facing the food industry. Food processors must demonstrate that procedures are in place to ensure that food safety is the top priority. The proactive and preventive approach to controlling contamination through cleaning and sanitation is increasingly being recognized as a key factor in food safety management. 

Understanding the role of proper equipment design and bacterial controls plays a crucial role in the industry's ability to implement an effective cleaning and sanitation program. This seminar is designed to discuss principles of cleaning and sanitation and the role of sanitary and hygienic design in assuring food safety. ​

Scheduled topics include: sanitary design & systematic approach; allergens & cleaning practices; steps of effective sanitation; sanitation verification & preventive controls; GHS, SDS & right to know law; regulatory update from Minnesota Department of Agriculture and DATCP.

There will be exhibitors at this seminar, and time allotted to visit with vendors. Cost is $145 for members; $195 for non-members.