Upcoming Discussions

  • Listening sessions for educators are now the third Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm.  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
August 15 Don Stoeckel on water requirements
September 19 Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
October 19 Chelsea Matzen, Local Food Safety Collaborative Needs Assessment
November 21 Traci Knight, best practices for social media

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.
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.
Twelve travel stipends (up to $500) will be available each year.  All funds are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Funding can be requested for a niche population training, but not for an individual company.  

New Trainer Mentorship Program

Are you a new trainer?  Would you like assistance getting caught up with the Produce Safety Rule?  Would you like to train with experienced trainers to gain experience teaching the Produce Safety Alliance Curriculum, The Preventive Controls Rule, or the Sprouts Rule?  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 $500) are available each year.  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.

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.

2018 Evaluations Executive Summary

The evaluation team at NCR FSMA analyzed the results of the pre and post test evaluations through Summer 2018.  The results are found below.

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)



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