The Auburn University Food Systems Institute (AUFSI) is collaborating with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries over the next five years to develop a statewide Produce Safety Program to align with the FDA’s new Produce Safety Rule. The rule includes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fruits and vegetables. Together, AUFSI and ADAI will provide education, outreach, technical assistance, and training to farmers that handle produce covered under the rule. AUFSI’s role will be developing online courses and training materials, working closely with ADAI and  the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The program will include regulator training to ensure long-term enforcement of the Produce Safety Rule in Alabama.