NDA and DFI team up for FSMA produce safety rule trainings in January

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR) compliance dates are quickly approaching for farms that grow fruits and vegetables commonly consumed raw. Large farms will be required to undergo initial compliance inspections during the 2019 growing season. To address industry training needs and provide resources that will assist growers and packers with achieving compliance, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is partnering with the University of Nevada, Reno’s Desert Farming Initiative (DFI). Multiple training workshops are scheduled throughout the state during the month of January:

  • 11, 2019 in Las Vegas
  • 16, 2019 in Elko
  • 29, 2019 in Sparks
  • 16, 2019 in Sparks (Nevada Farms Conference session)

These new regulations were created by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the intent to prevent contamination on farms and packing facilities, as opposed to reacting to an outbreak. The overall goal of the FSMA is to establish a more secure food system, including the domestic food chain, imports and exports, as they are all required to comply with these regulations. 

The FDA has collaborated with the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) in establishing education curriculum for producers that will need to comply with the regulations. Attending a PSA training is the first step toward meeting compliance. The NDA is an approved provider of this curriculum and will be hosting a training at the NDA headquarters in Sparks in conjunction with DFI on Jan. 29, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Topics will include:

  • federal regulations,
  • worker health and hygiene,
  • water testing,
  • soil amendments,
  • animal intrusion and
  • resources available.


The NDA is also partnering with DFI to provide education, technical training and one-on-one assistance to help producers implement produce safety programs. Small farms with limited distribution are exempt from these regulations, however we still encourage attendance so all farms can adopt best practices for minimizing microbial contamination when growing and handling produce, thus minimizing risk of foodborne illness. A condensed training on produce safety practices, geared at exempt growers will be provided at the Las Vegas NDA office on Jan. 11, 2019 from 9 a.m. to noon, and at the Elko NDA office on Jan. 16, 2019 from 1 to 4 p.m.


Who is impacted by the FSMA PSR?

These new regulations will impact produce farms and packing houses of a designated size (producesales more than $26,999 on average over a three year period with distribution more than 275 miles from the facility or outside the state; or allfarm sales more than $500,000 with product distribution outside the state or more than 275 miles from the farm) that handle crops commonly consumed raw such as leafy greens, melons, microgreens and tomatoes. 

Training workshop details

  • Full FSMA PSR Workshop
    29, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (geared for operations required to comply, but open to all)
    405 South 21stStreet in Sparks
  • Condensed Food Safety Workshop(geared for exempt growers, but open to all)
    11, 2019 from 9 a.m. to noon
    2300 East St. Louis Street in Las Vegas
  • Condensed Food Safety Workshop(geared for exempt growers, but open to all)
    16, 2019 from 1 to 4 p.m.
    4780 East Idaho Street in Elko
  • Condensed Food Safety Session (open to registrants of the Nevada Farms Conference)

Feb. 16, 2019 Nevada Farms Conference(time TBD)

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno

More information about FSMA PSR

Adriana Marin-Herrera, NDA





More information about developing a farm food safety program

Jill Moe, DFI



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