Apr 4, 2023
The OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team launched their new on-line course for Good Agricultural Practices in Hydroponic Operations this week. This self-paced on-line course provides produce growers with the knowledge and tools needed to implement best management practices to reduce microbial food safety hazards in hydroponic vegetable and fruit operations. Participants will receive a certificate of participation after completing this course. The cost of the course is $150. To register for the course click here (
Jan 17, 2023
The OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team launched their new on-line course for Good Agricultural Practices this week. This self-paced on-line course provides produce growers with the knowledge and tools needed to implement best management practices to reduce microbial food safety hazards in vegetable and fruit operations. Participants will receive a certificate of participation after completing this course. The cost of the course is $50. To register for the course click here (go.
Mar 16, 2020
By Drs. Sanja Ilic and Melanie Lewis Ivey
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses whose members cause the common cold, but also more severe illnesses like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), all of which can infect both humans and animals, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). COVID-19 is the new coronavirus that causes symptoms that include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties and other, and range from mild to severe respiratory illness. Advanced age, or conditions such as various cancers, chronic pulmonary diseases, asthma, heart disease and even diabetes, are associated with an increased severity of COVID-19 infections and higher fatality rates.
Oct 24, 2019
The OSU CFAES presents a Greenhouse Management Workshop focusing on Sustainable & Safe Crop Production. This two-day workshop includes numerous sessions, 2 tours, and the option for achieving GAPs Certification. The schedule for both days is as follows:
Session 1: Fundamentals in Climate Control to Assure Crop Production
Greenhouse Temperature and Humidity Management, Peter Ling, OSU
Greenhouse Lighting, Chieri Kubota, OSU
Sep 21, 2019
This month's Team Member Spotlight is on Beth Scheckelhoff, Ph.D. Beth has been a part of The Ohio State University as an Extension Educator for 14 years and has been a member of the produce safety team since 2015.
Beth teaches produce safety topics to greenhouse and field vegetable producers as well as urban gardeners and community groups in NW Ohio. Teaching topics range from good agricultural practices, implementing the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, developing Farm Food Safety Plans, and conducting mock walk-throughs for GAPs certification.
Sep 17, 2019
Lucas County ANR Extension Educator Amy Stone is the newest member of the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team.
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.
Aug 12, 2019
Washington County ANR Extension Educator Marcus McCartney is the newest member of the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team.
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.
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...