Safe Wisconsin Produce - Grower Trainings


Training: Taking the Next Step


2020 Training Dates and Locations

Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Brochure

Pre-register online with University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension, or contact your local Extension office for a paper registration. Cost is $75 and includes manual, certificate, refreshments, and lunch.​ All classes are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.​

  • Tuesday, January 14 - Black River Falls, WI
  • Friday, January 17 - Whitewater, WI
  • Sunday, January 26 - Wisconsin Dells, WI (part of ​the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference)​
  • Tuesday, February 11 - Kimberly, WI
  • Friday, February 21 - Dalton, WI
  • Tuesday, February 25 - West Bend, WI
If your farm needs to meet​ the Produce Safety Rule, the next step is to attend a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved Produce Safety Rule grower training. Under the rule, a produce farm must have an employee who has completed this training. The training ensures a responsible party employed by the farm understands the required food safety practices. Upon completion, you will have a better understanding of how your farm’s practices stack up against Produce Safety Rule requirements. You will also learn more about exceptions and exemptions available under the rule.

The grower training only needs to be taken once; however, the certificate of completion belongs to the individual and not the farm.

Trained and certified staff from the Safe Wisconsin Produce program and its partner organizations are providing grower trainings across the state. The seven-hour training covers the following topics:
  • Introduction to produce safety
  • Worker health, hygiene, and training
  • Soil amendments
  • Wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use
  • Agricultural water
    • Part 1: Production water
    • Part 2: Postharvest water
  • Developing a farm food safety plan
  • Postharvest handling and sanitation