Identification and Management of Critical Control Points in the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance from Animal Manure to Raw Produce

PI: Pruden, Co-PIs: Archibald, Drape, Hession, Knowlton, Krometis, Ponder, Vallotton, Xia Goal: The overall goals of this project was to identify critical control points for the spread of Antibiotic Resistance Genes (ARGs) from farm to fork and corresponding mitigation strategies. Benefits: Develop and disseminate new knowledge to livestock producers, [...]

By |2024-05-14T02:08:10-05:00May 14th, 2018|On Farm Projects|

Investigating the Microbial Die-off of Generic E. coli On-farm

PI: Strawn Goal: The goal of this project is to examine the microbial die-off of generic E. coli when sprayed on the harvestable portion of tomato, cucumber, and cantaloupe in the field. Benefits: The FSMA Produce Safety Rule will allow growers to apply a 0.5 log reduction of generic [...]

By |2024-05-14T01:21:03-05:00May 14th, 2018|On Farm Projects|

Control of Cross-Contamination during Field-pack Handling of Melons

PI: Strawn, Co-PI: Danyluk/Florida and Chapman/NCSU Goal: The project aimed to provide scientific data on which to update/refine melon specific best practice guidance to reduce to likelihood of cross-contamination events in field-packing operations by quantifying the transfer of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes onto melons from each potential cross-contamination surface [...]

By |2024-05-14T01:24:43-05:00May 14th, 2018|On Farm Projects|

Development of Microbial Water Quality Profiles for the Eastern Shore of Virginia using the FSMA Produce Safety Rule

PI: Strawn Goal: The goal of this project was to develop microbial water quality profiles (geometric mean and statistical threshold value) for twenty different ponds on the ESV and educate growers about new FSMA agricultural water standards. Benefits: Baseline data for growers in the region and educational resources were [...]

By |2024-05-14T02:09:04-05:00May 14th, 2018|On Farm Projects|

Virginia Farm to School Project Seeks to Increase Locally Sourced Foods in Public Schools

A growing number of schools are gradually transitioning from pre-made foods to more fresh, scratch cooked options.  Given the emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, there is an opportunity for local growers to  gain greater access to public school systems.  According to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), there are [...]

By |2023-12-06T23:06:54-05:00February 11th, 2018|On Farm Projects|
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