What is a Specialty Crop?
Specialty crops are fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture). Please click here to view a more exhaustive list of California specialty crops.
For more information regarding this grant, please visit the CDFA website by clicking here.
The project beneficiaries are the local Tulare and Kings counties’ specialty crop industry and their workforce, from farms and packinghouses to food processing plants. They benefit by having access to value-added, local, convenient, and affordable food safety training. This project will benefit several specialty crops in the fruits, tree nuts, vegetables, and herbs categories. Some of crops are; almonds, grapes, apricots, cherries, pomegranates, olives, peaches, pears, pistachios, walnuts, tomatoes, nectarines, oranges and other citrus fruits.
How is COS Using the Grant?
COS’s commitment in utilizing this grant is to provide FSMA-related food safety training to members of the specialty crop industry. The local specialty crop industry may have difficulty attending food safety training as these trainings are offered in the larger cities and require out of town travel that is costly and disruptive to business operations. College of the Sequoias has experience delivering value-added, local, convenient, and affordable FSMA and food safety related training. The project’s aim is to reach the local specialty crop industry including the workforce on farms, in packing houses, and in food processing plants.
In order to remain competitive, the California specialty crop industry needs to become aware of the FSMA rules and needs to train their workforce as part of the FSMA compliance process. This project addresses the priorities of providing support to specialty crop producers in adopting the requirements of the FSMA; and creating and implementing workforce training programs to maintain the technical skills required to keep the California specialty crops sector competitive.
What Kind of Training is COS Doing for Specialty Crops?
- Produce Safety Rule
- Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
- Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
- Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCQI)
- Foreign Supplier Verification
To view more information on these trainings, including upcoming dates, please click on each link above.
Progress has been reported annually to the COS Board.
- Progress Report #1: November 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019
- Progress Report #2: April 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019
- Progress Report #3: October 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020
- Progress Report #4: (FINAL)