Thu, Jul 15, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
Soil amendment use is one option among a number of management practices that growers have to support plant growth and build healthy soils. Some soil amendments are biological soil amendments of animal origin (BSAAO) and they are primarily used as a nutrient source and to build up organic matter in the soil. However, the use of BSAAO in produce production can present a microbial food safety risk by introducing human pathogens into the soil as well as the broader farm environment.
This two-part webinar series will outline benefits and risk reduction practices when using manure, compost, and other BSAAO often used on produce farms. The relationship between these BSAAO recommendations and the requirements in the National Organic Program, Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule, and third-party Good Agricultural Practices audits will also be explored. Both webinars will include a Q&A session at the end.
As the first presentation in a two-part series, this session will introduce how the use of BSAAO improves soil health. Research on pathogen survival in BSAAO-amended soils will be presented, as well as how growers can minimize the risks of using untreated soil amendments through proper application, storage, handling, and recordkeeping practices. Other common practices will be introduced, including rotational grazing.
Esteemed Panelists: Elizabeth A. Bihn, Ph.D., Senior Extension Associate, Department of Food Science | Cornell University Donna Pahl Clements, M.S., Product Safety Alliance’s Southwest Regional Extension Associate | Cornell University Alda Pires, Ph.D., Asst. Research Scientist & Asst. Specialist in Cooperative Extension, School of Veterinary Medicine | University of California, Davis Jessica Shade, Ph.D., Director of Science Programs | The Organic Center (Discussion Leader)
This Webinar will be recorded and shared on demand approximately 2 business days following the presentation. All of The Organic Center’s webinars are open to all at no cost.
(Thursday) 11:00 am - 12:00 am