Colorado Produce Safety News

November 30, 2021

In this issue:
  • Agricultural Water Treatment
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Good Agricultural Practices
  • PSA Grower Training Courses
  • CO Produce Safety Program

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CONTACT Produce Safety Webinar Series

Agricultural Water Treatment: It's not Rocket Science... OR IS IT?
Agricultural water treatment has been the subject of public and regulatory dispute as a way to reduce potential microbiological hazards in irrigation water used on fresh produce. But water treatment at the field level is an imperfect science.

Join Dr. Channah Rock, Professor, University of Arizona Dept. of Environmental Science; Lupe Camarena, Food Safety Director, Nature Fresh Farms; and LaTaunya Tillman, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Florida to discuss successes and challenges with implementing agricultural water treatment from a "boots on the ground" perspective.

December 3, 2021, from 1:30pm-3:00pm Mountain. Register in advance for this webinar:
Cleaning and Sanitizing on Farms 
FDA, in coordination with several other institutions, is hosting a free virtual pilot on cleaning and sanitizing on farms. It’s held 2 times per week from January 11-27, 2022. Participants should be those with responsibility for sanitation on farms covered by the Produce Safety Rule (e.g. not food safety staff, and not entities other than farms). To obtain the password to register, use the “contact organizer” link on the registration page (

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Getting up to Speed on Good Agricultural Practices 

1. Deep-Dive into GAPs on the farm: useful for farm owners, workers and gardeners who grow, harvest and pack fresh vegetables for sales to all markets, including at farmers’ markets, CSA, retail, schools, restaurants, or who donate produce to others. Courses start in December 2021, and in January and March 2022. Register here:

2. One-hour class on GAPs: 1-hour Food Safety Deep Dive will provide in-depth information around specific food safety topics for your fruit & vegetable farms, be led by University of Minnesota Extension, experienced farmers & experts. Webinars are from 8:00 - 9:00 MST & will be recorded.
  • Feb 9, 2022: Lean & Clean: Applying Food Safety & Lean Farming Concepts to Fruit & Vegetable Farming to Save Money & Time
  • Feb 16, 2022: Pack shed design; improved post harvest quality & safety
  • Feb 23, 2022: Recordkeeping apps, tools and tricks for food safety & profitability
  • March 2, 2022: Managing Produce Safety Risks of Rotating Livestock through Produce Fields/Orchards

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training


There are several options for taking the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training. Please see the methods below and choose the option that works best for you. 

Colorado Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training 

CSU Extension has scheduled two trainings for this fall and winter. Additional dates will be announced. 
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course
Offered by the Produce Safety Alliance as a three-week course that can be completed at your own pace. The online course is expected to take 15-30 hours for successful completion. Find online training options here.

Remote Delivery Course 

The same course CSU Extension has been offering but taught by educators in other states in real time. Instructors use video conferencing software, such as Zoom or Webex. This is a temporary option that is being supported during the COVID-19 outbreak. Find remote training options here.

Save these dates for upcoming Colorado produce safety events!

Colorado Farm Show Produce Day

January 25, 2022

Join us for new research and information on produce safety. 

Learn more

CFVGA Annual Conference

February 28 - March 1, 2022

Conference schedule coming soon!
Learn more

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Colorado Produce Safety Rule Program Updates

Colorado Produce Safety Program Rule Change
The dollar threshold limits under the Colorado Produce Safety Rule Program increased effective October 30, 2021. Farms with a rolling three-year sales average for 2018 through 2020 that is less than $28,561 are exempt from the Rule (an increase from the current three-year rolling average of $28,075). Farms whose three-year sales average during that same period falls between $28,561 and $571,214 may be eligible for Qualified Exemption status under the Rule. These new limits are the maximum allowable under FDA guidelines.   

2022 Produce Safety Program Registration Opene
d Nov 1, 2021
All farms who grow, harvest, pack or hold produce that is commonly consumed raw with sales values above the exempt level are required to register with the program annually between Nov 1 and Dec 31, 2021. Registration is free and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. No forms need to be uploaded or copied. The link for online registration can be found here. For a mail-in copy of the registration or questions, reach out to: Sarah Musick, Produce Safety Program Coordinator at or 303-869-9282.
Register your farm

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Colorado’s Produce Safety Collaborative is part of the CSU Extension program and made up of 5 organizations collaborating to bring the most up-to-date produce safety information, training and education to Colorado’s produce growers and other industry stakeholders. 
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