1. From Food Safety News: Key FSMA rules continue to languish at OMB, months after deadline- read more

    Apr 23, 2012

    From an article in the April 23, 2012 Food Safety News online.... FSMA's preventive controls for food facilities, preventive controls for animal feed facilities, foreign supplier verification program, and the produce safety rule- all past their due dates.  What's the hold up? Read more... 

    By Helena Bottemiller: Article

  2. OSU researchers awarded grant to study small farmers; farmer's market managers understanding & implementation of size-specific GAPs

    Apr 4, 2012

     Ohio State researchers have been awarded a grant through the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE).

  3. Perspectives from Pennsylvania Supermarkets

    Apr 2, 2012

    A survey of supermarkets in Pennsylvania, published in the Journal of Extension (, finds that supermarkets of PA will increasingly require fresh produce farms to receive GAP training or GAP audits before they will buy produce.  Of these, a percentage of stores also intends to buy an increased volume of fresh local produce locally, making GAP-trained or certified produce farms in a growing market demand.

    read full study here at the Journal of Extension.

  4. Fruit ripeness and Salmonella (Eurekalert March 25, 2012)

    Mar 26, 2012

     The ripeness of fruit could determine how food-poisoning bacteria grow on them, according to scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin this week... read more.

  5. GlobalGAPS endorses use of Harmonized Standards in US (The Packer 3/2/2012)

    Mar 12, 2012

    The Packer reported recently that GlobalGAP has approved the use of the Harmonized Standard for GAP audits that were developed by the Produce GAPs Harmonization Initiative Steering Committee, furthering industry efforts toward obtaining a Global Food Safety Initiative benchmarked standard.

    Read full article HERE

  6. Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement bill to new Director of Ag

    Mar 9, 2012

    The Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement has been sent to the Director of Agriculture this week for his consideration in creating an officially sanctioned "Voluntary food safety marketing agreement" for Ohio.

  7. Sizing Food Safety Regulations to Fit the Farm

    Feb 17, 2012

    February 16, 2012 article on Food Safety News discusses, "what exactly is a small farm" and how new regulations may impact them.  Read full article here.

  8. News website

    Aug 5, 2011

    Check out our new website and let us know what you think.

    Something about medical benefits going down because of this.

  9. Jaguars in North America

    Mar 22, 2011

    The jaguar can range across a variety of forested and open habitat, but is strongly associated with presence of water.The inclusion of the United States in the list is based on occasional sightings in the southwest, particularly in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. In the early 20th century, the jaguar's range extended as far north as the Grand Canyon, and as far west as Southern California. The jaguar is a protected species in the United States under the Endangered Species Act, which has stopped the shooting of the animal for its pelt.
  10. Lynxs Conservation

    Mar 22, 2011

    In the northern parts of Canada, its population can be estimated from the records kept from the number caught each year for its fur. Records have been kept by the Hudson's Bay Company and Canadian government since the 1730s. A graph of its abundance is characterized by huge rises and falls with the peaks occurring at a level typically ten times higher than the troughs and about 5 years after them, and the process then reversing itself.