Education



FSCPA PCQI & HACCP Combo Certification Course

Farm Bureau Members $850
Non Farm Bureau Members $950
$50 discount for additional registrants from the same organization regardless of membership status
Must call 305-246-5514 for discount code.  Ask for Jacquie Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Must Attend All Three Days

Classes are as follows:
Wednesday, November 28, 8:00 am -  5:00 pm
Thursday, November 29, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, November 30, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Free parking available

Click on link listed below to register

It is time to get your produce facility regulatory visit and GFSI audit compliant. Why not do it with a fun, experienced instructor in a local course focused on produce food safety? Completion of our combination course will provide attendees with FDA-recognized FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individual (PCQI) and International HACCP Alliance HACCP Practitioner certifications. 

10 Reasons to Attend:
1) Your current HACCP or facility food safety plan most likely does not cover every area that must be covered with the FSMA Preventive Control for Human Food Rule. You will leave our course with a working knowledge of HACCP and Preventive Controls for Human Food and templates to create a detailed Food Safety Plan and/or HACCP plan at your operation. 
2) Most GFSI audits and customers requires HACCP practitioners attend a recognized HACCP course at least every five (5) years. If you do not have a current HACCP certification, you will lose points on your audit. Customers are now asking for this document to be sent to them.
3) The course is being taught in your area, so you can see your family before they leave for school/work and have dinner with your family each night.  No parking issues and no problems with taking phone calls to keep your business running. 
4) According to FSMA, personnel making risk management decisions must be considered a "Qualified Individual" and be able to demonstrate certification/designation as a PCQI
5) When you take off a day, you need an alternate that is qualified according to regulation and food safety plans that can be followed. Get your team members certified, too. We've got discounts for additional participants! 
6) Do you learn better by application? Our course is designed with group break-out sessions so you can apply instructional concepts to practical scenarios. 
7) Do you have burning PrimusGFS audit questions? Our instructor is an auditor and PrimusGFS audit scheme instructor. 
8) This combination HACCP/PCQI course is unique. It is taught by an experienced, practical instructor who is well-versed in food safety regulation, audits, recalls, and investigations.  You'll get examples and insight that other people pay thousands to obtain.
9) Refreshments, lunches and snacks...oh my! You don't even have to bring your coffee. We will keep you fueled with delicious refreshments, tasty drinks and filling lunches so you can power through these courses. 
10) Dade County Farm Bureau and its Board of Directors is committed to our community's agricultural viability and assisting membership in keeping their farming and facility enterprises profitable. Let us know about other courses you may need for your operation. 

FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCQI) Course 

This class fulfills FDA training requirements for a Food Safety Preventive Controls Qualified Individual. This is the standardized curriculum consistent with FDA’s rules. Successful students will receive their certification from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).
The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation) is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controls qualified individual” who has “successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls”. This course developed by the FSPCA is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual.” 
International HACCP Alliance Accredited HACCP Practitioner Course
This workshop, accredited by the International HACCP Alliance, is targeted to produce packers, to assist in the development and customization of food safety programs for their facilities, using a HACCP-based approach. This course is covered during the regular dates/hours of the PC FSPCA class you are taking. 

Your Lead Instructor/HACCP Trainer

Kiley Harper-Larsen is a produce industry recognized food safety expert, energetic instructor and brand manager. In addition to a Bachelor's degree from Auburn University and a master's degree from the University of Florida, she is a qualified Lead Instructor for the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food and FSPCA Foreign Supplier Verification Program courses, a Lead Trainer for the PSA Produce Safety Rule courses, and a International HACCP Alliance HACCP Lead Trainer. Since 2011, through her work at The Ag Safety Lady, Kiley has assisted agricultural operations in becoming compliant with food, environmental and workplace safety training. Kiley has experience on all sides of the audit table--she is a farmer, a consultant, a customer second-party auditor and a third-party certification auditor. She has also successfully assisted clientele with recalls, federal and state inspections and investigations and many other types of crisis situations. She is the current American Farm Bureau Federation Food Safety (AFBF) Issues Chair, the Florida Farm Bureau Federation Fruit and Vegetable (FFBF) Committee Chair and sits on the FFBF Oversight Committee which governs policy in our organization.  Kiley is a Class X graduate of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources and is a past winner of the FFBF Excellence in Agriculture Award.  She and her husband Dr. Nicholas Larsen own a boutique banana, plantain and turmeric farm and nursery situated along the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee. 

Special Hotel Reservation Rates for Class Registrants
Courtyard Hotel Website
On the reservation screen of the hotel direct website
Under Special Rates & Awards in the group code field enter:
DCFDCFA for 1 King bed
DCFDCFB for 2 Queen beds
1-888-797-1869
Give the reservation agent the following information

Property Code: MIAHS
Location: Courtyard Miami Homestead – Homestead,
2905 NE 9th Street, Homestead, Florida 33033
Group code: DCF
Group Name: Dade County Farm Bureau
Reservation may be made for any of the nights within
Arrival: Tuesday 11/27/18
Departure: Friday 11/30/18
Rates: $109 Standard Room w/ 1 king per room per night
$109 Standard Room w/ 2 queens per room per night
Reservations outside of these dates may be requested directly from the hotel sales department by
Phone: 305-257-4333
ONE CLICK BOOKING LINK

Please call Dade County Farm Bureau Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 if you have any questions or email Jacquie at jacquie.rosado@ffbic.com


Ag Literacy Day 

The annual reading event is a chance for farmers, ranchers, University of Florida IFAS extension and 4-H agents and master gardeners, FFA teachers and students and agriculture industry representatives to go into elementary classrooms and read a children’s non-fiction book about Florida’s livestock and poultry industry to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. This year’s book is titled Drive Through Florida: Aquaculture and Seafood.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services employees, University of Florida IFAS Extension Agents, 4-H Agents and Master Gardeners, Florida Farm Bureau members, Florida Cattlemen and Cattlewomen members, FFA teachers, students and other agriculture industry representatives are invited to read and are asked to schedule their classroom visits with schools at least two weeks before their readings.

Dade County Farm Bureau participates every year. If you are interested in having a reader come to your school please call us at 305-246-5514!

Ag Literacy Day starts November 13, 2018 and thereafter, throughout the year.


Youth Speech Contest

Alicia Melendez, 10th grade South Senior High
Speech: How to Integrate Apps in Farming

Congratulations! to this year's youth speech contest winner, Alicia Melendez from South Dade Senior High School. 

Dade County Farm Bureau holds a Youth Speech Contest annually. The winner receives a cash prize and moves on to the District 8 Youth Speech Contest. If chosen winner of district, the student then receives a paid trip to the Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting to compete for the state title for the Youth Speech Contest held by Florida Farm Bureau. 




Community Service Hours


Dade County Farm Bureau offers many volunteer opportunities for students. As a non-profit organization, DCFB is always in need of volunteers for the many events put on and supported by the organization. Event highlights include the Miami Dade County Youth Fair, The Ag, Cattle and Horse Show, and the DCFB BBQ just to name a few. Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country.The intangible benefits alone—such as pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment—are worthwhile reasons to serve. In addition, when we share our time and talents we:

Solve Problems, Strengthen Communities, Improve Lives, Connect to Others, and Transform Our Own Lives! If you are interested in volunteering for the Dade County Farm Bureau please contact Marisol Diaz at marisol.diaz@ffbic.com or call 305-246-5514.