Have you taken the Produce Safety Rule Training?

Inspections for the Produce Safety Rule begin April 1st of this year for large farms with over $500,000 in average annual sales for the past three years. The first step to compliance is taking the required Produce Safety Alliance Training Below you will find all the upcoming Produce Safety trainings.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has received funding from the Food and Drug Administration to provide Produce Safety Rule Grower Training courses at a reduced price of $35 through Safe Food Alliance. Other institutions are also offering Produce Safety Training at reduced costs through Specialty Crop Grants.

In addition, there are trainings offered at full cost. The list below includes all upcoming trainings.

  • The Produce Safety Rule requires farms and hullers to have at least one designated person trained on the Produce Safety Rule regulation in accordance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Watsonville: 3/20/2019
Location: 141 Monte Vista Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076, USA
Contact Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: 530-757-5750
Cost: $30; Course #: CA-190320-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: Spanish

Imperial: 3/21/2019
Location: 485 Business Park Way Imperial, CA 92251
Cost: $35 Registration Information
Training Language: Spanish

Fresno: 3/26/2019
Location: 90 W Fir Avenue, Building B, Room 308, Clovis, CA 93611
Cost: $25 Registration Information
Training Language: English
 
Fresno 3/27/2019
Location: 90 W Fir Avenue, Building B, Room 308, Clovis, CA 93611
Cost: $25 Registration Information
Training Language: Spanish

Monterey: 4/1/2019
Location: 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
Contact Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: 916-561-5900
Cost: $35; Course #: CA-190401-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: Spanish and English
 
Madera: 4/1/2019
Cost: $35 Registration Information
Training Language: Spanish

San Martin: 4/4/2019
Location: 80 W. Highland Avenue, Building K, San Martin, CA 95046, USA
Contact Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: 530-757-5750
Cost: $30; Course #: CA-190404-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: English

Stockton: 4/11/2019
Location: 3290 Ad Art Road, Stockton, CA 95215, USA
Contact Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: 530-297-6304
Cost: $30; Course #: CA-190411-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: English

Tulare: 4/11/2019
Location: 4999 East Bardsley Avenue, Tulare, CA 93274, USA
Contact Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: 559-737-8124
Cost: $30; Course #: CA-190411.2-GR
Training Language: English
 
Stockton: 4/12/2019
Location: 3290 Ad Art Road Stockton, CA 95215
Contact Information: David Goldenberg, (530) 757-5700
Cost: $30 Registration Information
Training Language: Spanish

Colusa: 4/16/2019
Location: 3770 CA-45, Colusa, CA 95932, USA
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Cost: $30; Course #: CA-190416-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: English

Napa: 4/17/2019
Location: 1125 Golden Gate Drive, Napa, CA 94558, USA
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Cost: $30; Course #: CA-190417-GR | Registration Information|
Training Language: English

Tulare: 4/18/2019
Location: 4500 S Laspina St, Tulare, CA 93274, USA
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Cost: $35; Course #: CA-190418-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: Spanish

Moreno Valley: 4/23/2019
Location: 420 S. 21160 Box Springs Road,
Suite 102, Moreno Valley, CA 92557, USA
Contact Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: 916-561-5900
Cost: $35; Course #: CA-190423-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: Spanish

Escondido: 4/24/2019

Location: 420 S. Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025, USA
Contact Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: 916-561-5900
Cost: $35; Course #: CA-190424-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: Spanish
 
San Luis Obispo: 4/24/2019
Location: 333 Modanna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA
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Cost: $35; Course #: CA-190424.2-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: English
 
Kingsburg: 4/26/2019
Location: 2037 Morgan Drive, Kingsburg, CA 93631, USA
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Cost: $35; Course #: CA-190426-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: English

Santa Rosa: 4/30/2019
Location: 3589 Weswind Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, USA
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Cost: $30; Course #: CA-190430-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: English

Santa Rosa: 5/1/2019
Location: 3589 Weswind Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, USA
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Cost: $30; Course #: CA-190501-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: Spanish

Marina: 5/2/2019
Location: 215 10th Street, Marina, CA 93933, USA
Contact Information: Anila Mehmood, Phone: 916-561-5900
Cost: $35; Course #: CA-190502-GR | Registration Informatio
Training Language: English

Salinas: 5/3/2019
Location: 1432 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA 93901, USA
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Cost: $35; Course #: CA-190503-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: Spanish

Tulare: 5/7/2019
Location:4999 E. Bardsley Ave.Tulare, Ca 93274
Building B, Room 224
Cost: $30 Registration Information
Training Language: English
 
Temecula: 5/10/2019
Location: 29345 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591, USA
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Cost: $35; Course #: CA-190510-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: English

Bakersfield: 5/14/2019
Location: 3300 East Belle Terrace, Bakersfield, CA 93307, USA
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Cost: $35; Course #: CA-190514-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: Spanish

Merced: 5/15/2019
Location: 646 South Highway 59, Merced, CA 95341, USA
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Cost: $30; Course #: CA-190515-GR | Registration Information
Training Language: English
 
Tulare: 6/6/2019
Location:4999 E. Bardsley Ave.Tulare, Ca 93274
Building B, Room 224
Cost: $30 Registration Information
Training Language: English

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Governor Signs Ag Overtime Bill

Ignoring the pleas of real farmworkers and the agricultural industry, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed AB 1066, the ag overtime legislation. This means that California will have the most stringent trigger of any state in the country for overtime for farmworkers, with 45 states having no overtime protection at all. The Governor signed this bill, supposedly to bring “equality to all workers”, yet taxi cab drivers, commercial fishermen, car salesmen, student nurses, computer programmers, and carnival workers all work without any overtime provisions whatsoever. The Governor signed this ag overtime bill in the same year that minimum wage legislation was also passed that will take California to the highest minimum wage as well as legislation forcing California to adopt additional greenhouse gas regulations for businesses in California. California is the only state in the country subject to such regulations. Today’s signing occurred despite numerous requests by the agricultural industry to meet with the Governor to discuss our concerns. The message is clear. California simply doesn’t care. These provisions will be phased in over the next few years ending with the overtime provisions to be triggered at 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week.

In the Beginning As folks transitioned out of cotton and into tree nuts, the industry recognized the need to have active and effective representation at the local, state and national levels. Having enjoyed such effective representation over the years from the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations, these folks yearned for the same representation in the tree nut processing industry. Issues such as air quality, food safety, labor, taxes, employee safety, and environmental concerns are at the forefront, and there is a significant need for an aggressive and dynamic Association to lead the industry into the next decade and beyond. In recognition of this, the Western Agricultural Processors Association was created in 2009. The Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA) shares staff and office space with the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations taking advantage of a unique and opportunistic situation. WAPA is a voluntary dues organization with four shared staff and one dedicated staff person. Regulatory, legislative and legal issues fall under the purview of this new organization for the tree nut processing industry, which includes almonds, pecans, pistachios and walnuts. From air quality permits to conditional use permits, from regulatory hearings on greenhouse gases to federal legislation on food safety, and from OSHA violations to assisting members on hazardous materials business plans, no issue is too small or too large for WAPA. WAPA has assembled one of the best and most capable staffs in the industry, and the results are already starting to show Membership The Western Agricultural Processors Association represents facilities involved in the processing of almonds, pecans, pistachios and walnuts.Membership in the Association is classified as Regular memberships are limited to almond hullers or processors, pecan and pistachio processors, and walnut dehydrators and processors. Associate memberships are limited to any individual or business entity which is not engaged in agricultural processing, but which provides products or services directly related to the agricultural processing industry. WAPA Associate members include, but are not limited to, commodity brokers, accounting firms, and insurance brokers. Organization The Western Agricultural Processors Association is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by its membership.The Board consists of up to 15 members from throughout the state, and throughout the industry.The Board meets on a quarterly basis and conducts an Annual Meeting in the spring of each year.WAPA, in conjunction with the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations, conducts a special training school for its members focused on safety.In combination with the school, the Association holds a Labor Management Seminar for all of the managers. Consulting Services In researching and considering the concept of forming a new organization, the Boards of Directors for the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations instructed staff to perform some of the work on a consulting basis first. The point was to determine the workload from consulting and to determine if there was sufficient interest. In November of 2007, the Association began conducting services under consulting contracts for such services as air quality permits and safety plans.The effort has been so successful that demand has progressed outside the tree nut industry into other agricultural processing facilities, including vegetable dehydration facilities, tomato processing facilities, and wheat mills, as well as cotton gins in Arizona.It was determined by the new Board of Directors of WAPA, that WAPA would maintain the consulting services to provide offsetting income to help with the expenses of getting the new organization up and running.Today, WAPA provides for a long list of satisfied clients in the agricultural processing industry, by providing critical services such as air quality, safety, food safety, and environmental issues (Hazardous Materials Business Plan, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans, etc.).