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USDA Produce Inspection Training


February 22 – 26, 2016 | Fresno, CA
May 23 – 27, 2016 | Fredericksburg, VA
September 26 – 30, 2016 | Fredericksburg, VA

The United Fresh Produce Inspection Training Program, in partnership with the USDA-AMS, affords substantive, hands-on instruction from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) experts to everyone in the produce supply chain.

In just five-days, you’ll return to your business with advanced knowledge in quality standards, inspection grading, and USDA produce procedures and requirements. The program includes a Fundamentals Course* and Commodity Labs

*Note, the Fundamentals Course is a prerequisite to attending the Commodity Labs.

If you receive, handle, buy, ship or sell produce, you should attend this course.

For more information, contact United Fresh’s Director of Education, Jessica Mosley at 202.303.3417.

What's Included?

Fundamentals of Produce Inspection* (Days 1 & 2)

In this two-day course, you will learn crucial insight, terminology and must-know, practical information required by everyone handling produce.

Inspection Essentials

  • Interpretation of Standards and Tolerances        
  • FV-237 Request Form
  • GAP and GHP Overview

Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act (PACA)

General Market Inspection Principles

  • Sampling Procedures
  • Lot Accessibility
  • Equipment Overview
  • How to Read the FV-300
  • Appeal Procedures & Re-inspections
  • Lab Demonstration

Types of Inspections

  • Quality and Condition
  • Condition Only
  • Net Weight and Size
  • Digital Imaging

*Prerequisite to Commodity Labs

Commodity Labs (Days 3, 4 & 5)

In this three-day Commodity Lab, you will apply the principals learned in the Fundamentals of Produce Inspection to real product inspections. USDA experts will demonstrate a hands-on examination on a range of commodities.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Commodity Inspections Include Five Standard Commodities:

  • Grapes
  • Lettuces
  • Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Additional commodity examinations are customized to the class’ most common requests. Up to 12 commodities are examined.

2016 Course Dates

Fresno, California – NEW LOCATION!

February 22-26, 2016 Full Course (Fundamentals & Labs)

  • February 22-23, 2016 Fundamentals of Produce Inspection *
  • February 24-26, 2016 Commodity Labs


Fredericksburg, Virginia

May 23-27, 2016 Full Course (Fundamentals & Labs)

  • May 23-24, 2016 Fundamentals of Produce Inspection *
  • May 25-27, 2016 Commodity Labs


September 26-30, 2016 Full Course (Fundamentals & Labs)

  • September 26-27, 2016 Fundamentals of Produce Inspection *
  • September 28-30, 2016 Commodity Labs


*Attendees must attend the Fundamentals Course as a pre-requisite to the Commodity Labs

Group Discount Information

Group Discounts available! Companies who register three or more attendees for the Full Course (Fundamentals & Commodity Labs) Courses will receive a $100 a discount off each registration fee. Registrations must be received at the same time or the discount will not apply.