Resources by Laura K. Strawn

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2019 Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations
This guide lists vegetable varieties that are available and are adapted to the mid-Atlantic region, gives an overview of cultural practices, and list chemicals recommended to manage pests, diseases and weeds in vegetable crops. New varieties of vegetables are constantly being developed throughout the world. While all efforts are made to have comprehensive lists, not all varieties that are adapted will be listed.
Jan 25, 2019 456-420 (SPES-103P)
Safe Handling and Storing of Raw Fruits and Vegetables Aug 29, 2016 FST-234P
Quick Guide to Understanding Food Irradiation Sep 21, 2016 FST-241NP
Overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule Mar 29, 2017 FST-270NP
Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule: Agricultural Water Mar 29, 2017 FST-271NP
FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Wildlife and Domesticated Animals Mar 28, 2017 FST-272NP
Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule: Worker Health, Hygiene and Training Jun 5, 2017 FST-278NP
Guide to Identifying Hazards in Packinghouse Environments Oct 2, 2017 FST-279NP
Introduction to Environmental Monitoring Programs May 9, 2018 FST-290NP
Visión General de la Ley de Modernización de la Inocuidad de los Alimentos; Norma de la Inocuidad de los Productos Agrícolas Frescos May 9, 2018 FST-291NP
Ley de Modernización de la Inocuidad de los Alimentos Norma de Inocuidad de los Productos Agrícolas Frescos: Salud Higiene y Capacitación de los Trabajadores May 30, 2018 FST-293S
Does my Farm have to Comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule? A Tool to Assist Producers May 30, 2018 FST-294NP
Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule: Soil Amendments Jul 17, 2019 FST-316P
Packinghouse Best Practices To Support the FSMA Produce Safety Rule Jul 19, 2019 FST-317P
Susceptibility of Produce to Infiltration: Risk Factors and Mitigations May 30, 2019 FST-320NP
Sprout Safety Aug 30, 2019 FST-344NP
Microbial Quality of Water Used in Potato Packinghouse Operations Oct 15, 2019 FST-348P
On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR): The Next Step in Preparing for FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule Sep 10, 2019 FST-349NP
Demystifying Agricultural Production Water Testing under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule Sep 10, 2019 FST-350NP
What in the World? International Produce Takes a Stand at Virginia Farmers Markets May 25, 2016 HORT-225NP
A Guide to the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification Process Jan 24, 2018 HORT-252NP (HORT-285NP)
Guide to Identifying Food Safety Hazards in Greenhouse Systems
According to the United States Department of Agriculture 2012 Census of Agriculture, sales from greenhouse-grown food crops equaled around $800 million in the U.S. Crops grown included tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, peppers, and berries, with hydroponic production operations making up about 64% of the total production (cwt) (USDA Census of Agriculture, 2012). Demand for greenhouse-grown produce continues to increase, providing growers with unique opportunities to tap into this expanding market. Although greenhouse systems provide a more protected environment than field-grown systems, it is important to understand the unique food safety risks and possible sources of contamination when growing produce in these systems. Identifying food safety hazards are necessary to implementing practices that reduce the risk of contamination during the pre-plant, production, harvest, and post-harvest handling stages. Use the checklist below to guide you in asking important questions targeting possible risks at each of the greenhouse system stages.
Jul 10, 2017 HORT-254NP
Considerations for Producers Seeking Market Access to Schools Jun 11, 2019 SPES-145NP
Considerations for School Nutrition Directors Seeking to Increase Farm to School Purchases Jun 11, 2019 SPES-146NP