A CFAES research team has developed a laser-guided pesticide sprayer, for use by orchards, vineyards and nurseries, that gives control of diseases and pests but uses less pesticide to do it. Farmers’ wallets, food safety and the environment stand to gain.
Do toxins from Lake Erie algal blooms get into Lake Erie fish you might eat? What about vegetables that growers watered with water they pulled from the lake? Scientists with CFAES, funded by Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative, are helping find answers.
CFAES scientists are working to keep greenhouse-grown produce, like the tomatoes shown here, as safe to eat as possible. Here’s how …
The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues on Monday, June 20, with Find Your Path(ogen) to Clean Water: Food Safety Water Quality Standards and Testing Protocols for Produce Growers in Delaware in central Ohio. The series booklet says the event is “designed to shine a bright (UV) light” on produce-related water quality standards in the Food Safety Modernization Act. Get details here on p. 18.
eOrganic’s free organic farming webinar series continues at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 16, with “Good Sense Food Safety Practices for Organic Vegetable Farms.” Chris Blanchard of Decorah, Iowa-based Purple Pitchfork will be the speaker. Blanchard raises 20 acres of vegetables, herbs and greenhouse crops and, as owner of Purple Pitchfork, provides consulting and educational services to farms and farm businesses around the U.S. and Canada. Register for the webinar here.
CFAES’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Program has announced its 2015 schedule of training sessions for produce growers. The sessions focus on Good Agricultural Practices, or GAPS, for reducing the risk of food-borne illness. (Photo: Blend Images.)