Contact your local county Extension office through our County Office List.


For more information or support with FSMA contact us at 303-869-9282

Colorado Department of Agriculture

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Here are resources to support your learning about produce safety and the Produce Safety Rule under FSMA.


  • Food safety training opportunities:

1. Preventive Controls for Human Foods Qualified Individual Training Courses

2. Produce Safety Alliance – Upcoming Grower Training

  • Analytical labs for water and soil testing:

1.     Selecting an Analytical Laboratory (guidance document)

2.     Soil, Water and Plant Testing Laboratory at Colorado State University

3.     Veterinary Diagnostic Testing Labs

4.     CO Department of Public Health and Environment Microbiological Testing

  • Microbial water testing methods acceptable under FSMA for Produce Safety Rule compliance

                FDA’s Equivalent Testing Methodologies for Agricultural Water

                          MWQP Agricultural Water Calculators

  • Managing wildlife

If you are experiencing any issues with wildlife, or if you have any questions about wildlife management in areas where it may contact produce, please use the following contacts at Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) based on your location:

     Northeast Region:  303-291-7227

     Northwest Region: 970-255-6100

     Southeast Region: 719-227-5200

     Southwest Region: 970-247-0855

CPW’s overview of state nuisance laws pertaining to wildlife.

  • Sanitation

                      Labeled Sanitizers for Produce – Excel Tool

                            Video Tutorial: How to Use the Labeled Sanitizers for Produce – Excel Tool

                      United Fresh—Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh  Produce Industry

  • On-farm food safety planning:

1. Creating a Colorado Farm Food Safety Plan (voice over slides in 3 modules):

           Module 1 (Intro, FSMA, Hazards, Recalls)

                     Module 2 (Water, Hygiene, Animals, Soil)

                     Module 3 (Harvest, Post-Harvest, Food Defense)

2. Colorado Farm Plan 2.0 Template Template (PDF and Editable PDF)

  • FDA’s Small Entity Compliance Guidea document intended to assist small entities in complying with the rule set forth in 21 CFR Part 112 concerning Produce Safety. FDA’s guidance documents, including this guidance, do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities. Instead, guidances describe our current thinking on a topic and should be viewed only as recommendations, unless specific regulatory or statutory requirements are cited. The use of the word should in FDA guidances means that something is suggested or recommended, but not required.