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.
“Being a member of the produce safety team gives me the opportunity to interact with specialists and other educators to learn about their on-farm experiences related to produce safety topics - especially examples of what works well and not so well for producers across Ohio”.
Beth enjoys working with producers one-on-one and helping them develop a food safety plan for their operation and finds it rewarding to see GAPs in practice and growers adopting improved policies and practices.