Upcoming Discussions

  • Listening sessions for NCR partners (educators, regulators, non-profit staff, and growers/processors) happen the third Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm,  Central time.  If you have a topic you would like to see discussed during these session or would like to lead a discussion, we would like to hear from you.  Contact us for call-in details or to submit a suggested topic at:
  • Past Sessions- find minutes, powerpoints, and recordings in the NCR CyBox.  Don't have access?  Contact Ellen.
  • Tentative Agenda
Nov. 18 Discussion on IMPACTS- how to use knowledge assessments going forward; measuring impact at yearly, supervisor training; etc.
Dec. 16 Luke LaBorde sharing resources for working with Plain Growers
Jan. 20, 2022 Mini-grant presentations: Barb Ingham and Phil Tocco
Feb. 17 TBA
Mar. 17 Mini-grant presentations: Jordan DeVries and Shannon Coleman & Lisa Bates

Trainer Sharing Program

Are you short a trainer for your class?  Do you need someone to fill in for a couple of modules?  We can help.  The Center has funds to help bring in trainers to your state to ensure every farmer has an equal chance to attend a class near them.  Contact Ellen for details.  Each state can apply for one trainer sharing stipend per year (unless no one else requests one and then states can apply for additional funding at the end of the budget year).
Formally request trainer sharing funds here.

Funding is available to support sending a lead trainer of the Produce Safety Alliance grower training, Preventive Controls Human Food training, or other food safety certified program training in the absence of lead trainers.
Three travel stipends (up to $500) will be available each year.  All funds are distributed on a first come, first served basis.  States can apply for one stipend per year (Sept through Aug).  If additional funds are available in July, states may apply for additional funding.
Funding can be requested for a niche population training, but not for an individual company.  

Professional Development Travel Funds

In support of professional development, we are offering six stipends (up to $500 each) for educators and inspectors to travel to state (cannot be in your employment state), regional, and national produce safety conferences for professional development. You will be expected to have goal for your travel and report back impacts after the travel. Contact Angela for more information or apply for the program. All funds are distributed on a first come, first served basis.  Exact details are listed in the program guidelines.  Each state can apply for one professional development stipend per budget year (unless it's close to the end of the year and no other states have applied).


New Trainer Mentorship Program

Want to learn new skills to use in your role as a trainer?  Looking to expand your knowledge in a particular area?  The Center is creating a new trainer mentorship program.  Contact Angela for more information. 
Apply for the program here.

Each pair will make a 6-9 month commitment to meeting monthly online and once in person.  Eight stipends (up to $1000) are available each year to be used for travel expenses to meet in person.  All funds are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Participants are expected to attend a pre-program webinar and program evaluation.  
Each mentoring pair will establish their own goals for the match.

Once you have been matched, please fill out the form below (either as a PDF or Word document) and email it to Ellen.

Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Curriculum


The NCR FSMA Center asks each instructor in the region to conduct pre and post knowledge evaluations to gauge progress of students across the region.  Directions and materials necessary to conduct the pre and post evaluations are found below.  Contact us for information about using an online survey during remote trainings.  We can set up a Qualtrics form, so the data goes straight to the evaluator.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Evaluations 

The evaluation team at NCR FSMA analyzed the results of the pre- and post-test knowledge assessments from July through June of each year.  The results are found below.

Summer 2020 results

Summer 2018 results

One year after participants completed a PSA course, the NCR FSMA asked them to report on the changes they had made on their farms.  You can read the entire report and the executive summary below.

Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance Curriculum (FSPCA)


Training Needs

This list of needed training was developed at the 2019 NCR FSMA Annual Conference.  Existing trainings, journal articles, and Extension fact sheets that might help fill those needs are included.


This work is supported by the Food Safety Outreach Program [grant no. 2018-70020-28877] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.