1. Amy Stone Joins the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team

    Sep 17, 2019

    Lucas County ANR Extension Educator Amy Stone is the newest member of the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team. 

  2. Farmer's hands

    Stress task force created for Ohio farmers in crisis

    Aug 21, 2019

    "When rain this past spring kept farmers from planting, among the comments that circulated on Facebook was one offering a phone number for a suicide hotline.  

    Now, perhaps more than ever, farmers might need help with how to keep their businesses afloat, how to find jobs off the farm, how to find clinicians to help deal with mounting frustration or despair that might come with running a business farming the land.

  3. Marcus McCartney Headshot

    Marcus McCartney Joins the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team

    Aug 12, 2019

    Washington County ANR Extension Educator Marcus McCartney is the newest member of the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team. 

  4. USDA Harmonized GAP Handbook Now Available

    Jul 3, 2019

    Ensuring on-farm food safety is a priority for fruit and vegetable producers in the US.  More and more produce buyers are requiring growers to demonstrate that they are trained in on-farm food safety and implementing best growing and handling practices.

  5. Shot of a vineyard row with clear skies.

    Almond and Wine Grape Growers Catch Break on Food Safety

    Jun 24, 2019

    Click here to view the entire article on the Growing Produce website, written by David Eddy

    The FDA has issued final guidance stating the agency’s intent to exercise enforcement discretion for the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule, part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), as they apply to entities growing, harvesting, packing, and holding wine grapes, hops, pulses, and almonds. This means the agency does not intend to enforce requirements of the rule for farmers and producers of these commodities...

  6. E coli

    Preventing Foodborne Illness on the Farm

    Apr 9, 2019

    This article was posted on the CFAES website. Click the title above to read how to prevent foodborne illness on the farm. Follow this link to read more news, tips and events for April 8th, 2019.

  7. romaine

    Keep Your Produce Safe

    Feb 18, 2019

    Click here to read the entire article to learn more about what greenhouse growers can do to lower the risk of contamination. This article was published in the February edition of Produce Grower, written by Lisa Lupo.

  8. Choosing the right food safety training class

    Choosing the Right Food Safety Training Class

    Feb 5, 2019

    What Food Safety Class is Best for You? 

    This article describes some of the food safety trainings available in Ohio by The Ohio State University Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team.

  9. Collaborating with CropKing Inc to identify food safety hazards associated with growing hydroponic leafy greens

    Meet Our Team Members: Dr. Sanja Ilic

    Dec 19, 2018

    Sanja Ilic,PhD-Assistant Professor and Food Safety State Specialist at OSU. Sanja has been a member of the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team since 2007. Sanja is located in Columbus, and her focus in her research and extension work is on fresh produce food safety.  Sanja works with a diverse group of produce growers including small and medium farmers, plain growers, hydroponic, urban, and minimal processors. Sanja feels that consumption of produce is of critical importance for human health.

  10. Jerry Iles training growers in Fairfiled County

    Meet Our Team Members: Jerry Iles

    Oct 31, 2018

    Jerry Iles-Extension Educator Fairfield County

    Jerry has been a member of the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team since 2014.  Jerry focuses on local foods and serves produce growers in Farifield County that sell directly to the public via farmers markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) as well as a small Plain (Amish) community that sells at the weekly Bremen Produce Auction produce auction.  Jerry says that being a member of the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team is important in his role as a county Extension Educator so that he can offer Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) training for local producers that wish to sell at area farmers markets and produce auctions.  In addition to providing support for local foods and CSA's Jerry specializes in watershed management and water quality issues and land use planning issues.