Location: Produce Safety and Microbiology Research
Project Number: 2030-42000-055-006-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Oct 1, 2021
End Date: Jul 1, 2025
The Cooperator will focus on understanding current challenges with agricultural water treatment and how to mitigate those challenges based on research efforts. The objectives under this area are: Objective 1a. Stakeholder outreach Objective 3a. Agriculture water workshops Objective 3b. Development of fact sheets Objective 3c. Development of online training content
The Cooperator will work with stakeholders to provide web training for growers about food safety technologies. Specifically, surveys will be conducted as well as developing education tools and interactive hands-on training, and training of Extension agents/specialist, and evaluating grower, perception, and behaviors. A manual, Agricultural Water Treatment Best Management Practices, will be developed and evaluated in terms of its effectiveness including ease of use, understandability, and impact on selected volunteers. A short course on Water Quality/Microbiology for water treatment operators/managers will also be conducted. After 6-8 months of conducting trainings, the effectiveness of the courses and education programs will be evaluated through survey of participants/volunteers.