We conducted a needs assessment to determine food safety resources required by produce growers in Georgia. Most respondents were farm owners (52.5%), food safety managers (48.3%), and/or farm managers (34.2%). The most requested topics for training included how to improve food safety management skills and how to manage a food safety program. Of 120 respondents, 25 were unsure whether their operations were required to comply with the Produce Safety Rule. This information will guide Georgia food safety educators in developing materials and curricula for growers throughout Georgia. Additionally, our survey and findings may be of use to Extension professionals elsewhere in the Southeast and beyond.
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Rodrigues, C., Oleson, B., & Dunn, L. L. (2020). Food Safety Needs Assessment for Georgia Specialty Crops. The Journal of Extension, 58(4), Article 14. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.58.04.14