The Michigan On-Farm Produce Safety program was developed as a statewide effort to work with farmers to manage produce safety risks according to the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR).
The Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule is the first-ever regulation placing standards on:
Handling of Fruits and Vegetables
This is an effort to prevent microbial contamination and food borne illness in fresh produce. The rule applies to all fruits and vegetables meant for human consumption that are defined as typically consumed raw by the FSMA.
To see if you are covered by FSMA PSR complete this short survey:
This program is delivered to Michigan produce growers by Produce Safety Technicians through grant funding administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). For those requesting assistance the Technician provides voluntary and free services to all farms who grow, pack, process, or sell fresh produce regardless of size, income or market reach.
This program is strictly voluntary and confidential. Technicians are prohibited to share any information obtained while offering services to state inspectors or others.
Assistance provided by Produce Safety Technicians include:
Produce Safety Risk Assessment
On Farm Readiness Review
Assistance on developing Food Safety Plan
Technical on-farm advice
Grower Trainings through Produce Safety Alliance- FSMA required
Other information regarding resources, and educational opportunities for farmers are available upon request.
Click the links below to get additional information:
Upcoming Required PSA Certified Grower Trainings: (Please click on the link above for pre-registration)
October 28, 2019- Traverse City
November 7, 2019- East Lansing
December 9, 2019- Grand Rapids
January 16, 2020- Capac
February 19, 2020- Vicksburg
March 19, 2020- Negaunee
Stay tuned for workshops coming in 2020
For more information fill out the form below or contact Michelle Jacokes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (231)889-9666. Michelle provides Produce Safety technical services to Manistee, Benzie, Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Antrim Counties.
Michelle Jacokes, Manistee Conservation District Produce Safety Technician