MODESTO — A contract worth $192,000 has been awarded to a nonprofit which provides training, education and outreach in the farming industry.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) awarded Modesto-based AgSafe with the nearly $200,000 contract to provide Food Safety Modernization Act – Produce Safety Rule (FSMA PSR) grower training.
AgSafe will conduct the training from January to may of 2018, in conjuction with Western Growers. There will be 23 classes available to those in the farming industry in English and Spanish throughout Northern and Central California.
“It is an honor that CDFA has entrusted AgSafe and Western Growers to provide this essential training to growers across the state” said AgSafe President and CEO, Amy Wolfe, in a statement. “We look forward to ensuring growers have the knowledge and resources needed to comply with FSMA.”
According to AgSafe, the “trainings will comply with the FSMA – PSR, which requires growers to employ at least one individual who has successfully completed the equivalent of this eight-hour course.”
Additionally, both AgSafe and Western Growers have created resources that go beyond the produce safety rule in educating farmers, and those who pack and handle the produce.
AgSafe will provide dates, times and locations for the trainings after the start of the new year. More information can be found on www.agsafe.org or by calling (209) 526-4400.