Produce Grower Safety Alliance Training

The State of Alaska is hosting a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training.This FDA-approved course satisfies the Grower Training curriculum requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Course flyer available here.


Monday February 18, 2019; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Raven Conference Room, Aspen Suites Hotel, 210 Lake St, Sitka, AK


There is NO-CHARGE for class participants. Funding is provided by an FDA-State of Alaska Cooperative Agreement. Growers will receive a FREE certificate of attendance for completing the course.


Commercial fruit & vegetable growers, farmers’ market vendors, and all others interested in learning about produce safety, the FDA Produce Safety Rule, and good agricultural practices should attend. Participants will gain a basic understanding of: • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing food safety practices on your farm; and • Requirements of the FDA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them

This class covers these seven modules: • Introduction to Produce Safety • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training • Soil Amendments • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use • AgriculturalWater (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water) • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

To register or for more information, please contact:

Barbara Hanson, DEC Office of the State Veterinarian (907) 375-8278 or

Barbara Hanson is the Dairy Sanitarian and Produce Safety Specialist for the State of Alaska. She has worked as a drinking water microbiologist, a bench chemist, and as a corrosion microbiologist on the North Slope, and has spent the past 18 years working in various regulatory programs for the State. She has been involved in the rollout of FDA’s FSMA Produce Safety Rule since its inception. She conducts produce safety inspections and provides Grower Training workshops throughout the state, in an effort to help growers provide safe food for their customers.

 To register or for more information contact Barbara Hanson at the DEC Office of the State Veterinarian at (907) 375-8278 or