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We create and deliver courses on a range of topics, including livestock production and environmental hazards. View our current in-person courses on disaster preparedness and FSMA, or see the courses we’ve offer in the past. Our library of online courses can also be viewed, but are not offered for CE credit at this time. If you are interested in our team creating curriculum for your organization, please contact us.

Current In-Person Courses

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

The course provides a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

    • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
    • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
    • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
    • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in seven modules, including but not limited to “Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training”, “Soil Amendments”, “Agricultural Water”, and “How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan.”

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course.

AWR 328: All Hazards Preparedness for Animals in Disasters*

This awareness level course will provide tools to protect, respond to, and recover from the consequences of disasters e.g. fire, flood, heat, earthquake, tornadoes, hurricanes, hazardous materials and catastrophic disease exposure involving animals in rural communities. The course will introduce participants to the unique issues that must be considered and addressed when animals are involved in an emergency such as safe animal handling, animal evacuation, animal sheltering, humane euthanasia and carcass disposal, inclusion of animal management into existing ICS structures, federal support available during recovery, and unique considerations for conducting jurisdictional assessments and mapping evacuation routes. All content will be presented in a blended learning style in which introductory material will be presented online and hands-on, problem-solving activities will be completed in small groups at a one-day instructor lead training. This course is DHS Certified and approved for Veterinarian and Registered Veterinarian Technician Continuing Education.

MGT 448: All Hazards Planning for Animal, Agricultural, and Food Related Disasters*

This management level course will provide emergency planners, community leaders, veterinarians, animal control personnel, government and non-government agencies, public health agencies and organizations, people working in transportation and law enforcement, emergency management staff, and tribal representatives with the background information needed to participate in the development of supplemental animal, agricultural, and food (AAF) related disaster response plans that could be included within the existing EOP for an operational area (OA). The course will address the resources and information available to emergency managers for planning; the unique challenges that rural communities face in planning for and responding to AAF related disasters; and AAF related incidents that will require federal agency response, such as foreign/infectious animal disease (FAD/IAD) outbreaks or agroterrorism. All content will be presented at an ILT event that will include multi-media presentations, instructor-led class discussions, and review of case studies to explore “lessons learned” from historical and recent AAF related disasters. This course is DHS Certified and approved for Veterinarian and Registered Veterinarian Technician Continuing Education.

Past In-Person Courses

AWR 151 is designed to educate and enable the diverse elements that must be called upon to participate in creating an effective response plan. The course will educate by using specific examples to demonstrate the potential effects of possible types of agroterrorism. It will demonstrate how preplanning can create an effective community response that will reduce or mitigate individual acts of terror. Individuals who have completed this course will be enabled to invest their agency or individual resources to develop or strengthen a community plan.

AWR 152 is designed to prepare members of emergency response teams to evaluate the overall risk of an intentional attack on a segment of agriculture or a segment of the food system and to provide information about methods to limit vulnerabilities in identified targets. Participants will learn to evaluate the impact of an incident on the entire food system (food continuum) or on a specific segment of the food system. The course will also provide information to enable participants to more clearly understand the threats that are posed to agriculture and the food system. Emergency response team personnel will develop skills to assess vulnerabilities and identify targets to assist in preventing or mitigating an intentional attack on the agriculture or food system.

Informs frontline response teams about the importance of early detection and diagnosis, proper sampling, and steps involved in an agroterrorism‐related outbreak investigation. Provides strategies to increase detection and diagnosis efficiency, as well as the epidemiological and criminal investigation process. This is the third of six courses in the WIFSS Agroterrorism Preparedness Curriculum for Frontline Responders series.

AWR 154 is designed to convey best practices, concepts, organizational procedures, and terminology that make up the framework of ICS and NIMS. The course will further enhance community response capacity to an agricultural or food systems disaster by improving participants’ understanding of interagency collaboration through team building and the principles of effective risk communication. The team-building module enhances preparedness by improving participants’ ability to work across organizational borders. By providing participants with information on the principles of risk communication against the backdrop of NIMS, local emergency responders will understand risk communication as both a concept and an application.

AWR 155 outlines the use of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the principles of Unified Command (UC) in a agroterrorism and food safety system disaster. Participants will apply ICS and UC principles through various exercises. Participants will be enabled to form and maintain frontline emergency response teams in response to such emergencies. The course will raise awareness to the need to quickly identify and eradicate outbreaks of animal diseases by isolating and destroying livestock and wildlife, removing and disposing of contaminated animal products, and disposing of contaminated feed and related materials. This course will also address the need for whole community preparedness and participation by strengthening local citizen emergency response teams which can support surge capacity response to an agricultural or food systems emergency or act of agroterrorism.

AWR 156 provides the fundamental framework for orchestrating the recovery from an incident of agroterrorism or food systems disaster. It defines recovery, the community stakeholders who must participate in the recovery, and the activities involved in restoring public confidence and a sense of normalcy. This course provides specific steps for planning for recovery, both within participants’ own organizations and as stakeholders in the larger community-wide incident command system. Using the lessons learned from the preceding courses in the curriculum series, this course will train members of the agriculture community on recovery operations, procedures, and techniques to be implemented following an incident of agroterrorism.

Online Courses

The following online courses were developed for the FDA for their national project to provide training for all food and feed inspectors in the Integrated Food Safety System. They were produced under cooperative agreement with the FDA and are available for public use. They are not offered for CE credit at this time.

*The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC or the Consortium), led by The Center for Rural Development, was established by Congress and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop and deliver relevant all-hazards training in support of rural homeland security requirements. RDPC provides training to small, rural, and tribal communities in all 50 states and 5 U.S. territories. The Center for Rural Development (The Center) is responsible for course development and certification, marketing, website hosting and administration, delivery coordination, data collection and reporting, and additional technologies including a large network of interactive television (ITV), videoconferencing, and learning management systems necessary to manage large student populations and deliver courses to rural responders across the nation. The Center provides grant administration, general oversight of the Consortium, and is a DHS/FEMA training provider. All training delivered by the RDPC is certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is offered tuition-free for a broad scope of stakeholders, including the traditional emergency response disciplines, other emergency support functions as defined by the National Response Plan, as well as critical infrastructure owners and operators. Prepare for the Worst, Train To Be the Best.