University of Maryland Extension

2020 Registration for FSMA Produce Safety Rule and Good Agricultural Practices (below)

Who should attend?

Farmers who...

  • Need to comply with the FSMA produce safety rule, e.g., producers growing leafy greens, tomatoes, berries, cucumber, etc.

  • Are exempt from the rule but need to comply due to buyer requirements

  • Want to remain up-to-date with the FSMA regulations and how to comply with them

  • Need to attend a food safety training to maintain a food safety certification

What will you get from attending this workshop?

  • In-depth understanding of the requirements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule

  • Completion certificates required to comply with the rule

  • Guidance regarding food safety risks and how to mitigate them

  • Explanation of the MD Department of Agriculture's role in implementing the rule

Cost: $25

Montgomery County- 2/6/20 Derwood, MD Register here

Garrett County- 3/5/20 McHenry, MD  Register here

2020 Registriation for GAP

Attending a Basic GAP course may be right for you if...

  • You are thinking about pursuing GAP certification for some or all parts of your operation

  • You are interested in developing a good safety plan to increase operational efficiency and build a food safety culture

  • You are looking to learn more about how microbes live and interact with farm environments, or

  • You have a potential buyer that requires GAP certification

What you’ll get from this training

  •  Tips on how to implement practices to minimize your food safety risk during growing, harvesting, holding, and packing your product

  •  Practice conducting risk assessments

  •  Practice writing Standard Operating Procedures

  •  Assistance on writing your food safety plan

  •  A Maryland Department of Agriculture GAP training certificate

Register: Basic GAP

Cost: $15-20 (lunch and certificate)

Wicomico County- 2/25/20 Salisbury, MD Register 

Baltimore County- 3/17/20 Cockeysville, MD Register 


Register: Advanced GAP

Cost: $15-25 (lunch and certificate)

Frederick- 2/19/20 Frederick, MD Register 

Dorchester County- 2/28/20 Cambridge, MD Register 


USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-888-MPHotline

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline can personally answer your food safety questions on weekdays year-round.

The Hotline receives more than 80,000 calls yearly. This toll-free telephone service, which began July 1, 1985, helps prevent foodborne illness by answering questions about the safe storage, handling, and preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products.

Food Safety Questions? Call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline

If you have a question about meat, poultry, or egg products, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline toll free at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).

The Hotline is open year-round Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET (English or Spanish). Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. Check out the FSIS Web site at

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FSIS’ automated response system can provide food safety information 24/7 and a live chat during Hotline hours. Mobile phone users can access

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