The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, in partnership with the UW-Extension, is hosting several food safety trainings required for Wisconsin fresh produce growers who must meet federal produce safety rules. The trainings provide science-based, minimum standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce that will help to strengthen the food safety system by focusing on prevention of foodborne illnesses.

The produce safety rules are part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act that requires at least one supervisor or other responsible person from a covered produce farm to attend one of the trainings. To determine if you need to participate, visit the Safe Wisconsin Produce website at http://safeproduce.wi.gov/ and click on “Is your farm covered?”

Trainings will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with check-in starting at 7:30 a.m. Due to limited space, you must register in advance for one of the following trainings: Friday, Dec. 7 at Thorp Fire Hall, 101 Wilson St., Thorp; Thursday, Jan. 10 at Portage County Annex, 1462 Strongs Ave., Stevens Point; Friday, Jan. 18 at Waukesha County Courthouse, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Rm 350, Waukesha; Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Angie’s Main Café, 132 S. Main St., Shawano; Thursday, Feb. 7 at St. Croix County Ag Service Center, 1960 8th Ave., Baldwin; Friday, Feb. 15 at Dane County UW-Extension, 5201 Fen Oak Dr., Madison; Thursday, Feb. 28 at Neville Public Museum, 210 Museum Place, Green Bay; and Friday, March 15 at Columbia County Health Building, 111 E. Mullet St., Portage.

To register, visit https://fsmaproducesafety.wiscweb.wisc.edu/registration and submit an application online or download the paper application to mail it. Interested parties can also contact their county Extension office for a paper application.

Instructors from DATCP, UW-Madison, Extension, industry and farmer organizations will cover the following on-farm food safety practices: using quality standards for agricultural water; managing risks associated with manure applications; avoiding contaminants from animals; training workers on health and hygiene practices; evaluating cleanliness of equipment, tools, and buildings; and developing food safety plans.

For more information visit DATCP’s Safe Wisconsin Produce website, call 608-224-4511, or email safeproduce@wi.gov.