Project Number: 8042-32420-006-03
Start Date: Sep 20, 2011
End Date: Aug 30, 2016
For controlled environmental studies, USDA-ARS and University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES) will collect raw manure from local animal production facilities, characterize (and supplement, as necessary) the microbial load of the manure, amend with appropriate pathogenic microorganisms, and determine survival under different environmental conditions. For field studies, USDA-ARS and UMES will collect raw manure from local animal production facilities, characterize (and supplement, as necessary) the microbial load of the manure, apply manure to production fields consistent with current industry practices, and monitor local weather and environmental impacts and the resultant survival and persistence of microorganisms of interest. USDA-ARS and UMES, in consultation with FDA, will determine selected manure types/categories for study, appropriate field application methods, sampling times, analytical protocols, and methods. USDA-ARS and UMES will provide the FDA Project Officer, on at least a quarterly basis, a status report on the current state of the study, with information on data generated from completed milestones, status of current efforts, any technical difficulties encountered and plans to alleviate the issues while moving forward, and brief “next-step” discussions. No more than six months after the completion of field studies from all locations, USDA/ARS and UMES shall provide FDA/CFSAN with a final report on the project.