Food Safety Program

The Desert Farming Initiative’s Food Safety Program provides services and resources for growers throughout the state of Nevada. For many growers, the most useful information and resources are contained on two main resource pages:

Food Safety Modernization Act

Lessons learned from previous produce safety outbreaks inspired this effort to prevent future occurrences. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA or Produce Safety Rule) was signed into law in 2011 to reduce incidences of contamination in the United States.

DFI partners with the Nevada Department of Agriculture to train and provide educational resources for farmers related to compliance with FSMA. Learn more about the services we provide.

Good Agricultural and Handling Practices

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) certification signifies that growers have adopted voluntary conservation and food safety practices. This certification can be important to growers because many commercial and institutional buyers require GAP certification as a condition for purchasing. Learn more about the services we provide to help growers get certified.

Links to Other Resources

The Nevada Department of Agriculture offers produce safety instructional videos for farmers and farm employees on YouTube in English and Spanish:

The University of Vermont Cooperative Extension maintains a clearing house of resources and short videos on produce safety:

Co-management (handling sustainability, wildlife conservation and produce safety):

Agricultural Water:

  • UC Davis offers tools for water analysis and calculating die off rates, among other resources on their food safety page. (Microbial “die off rates” indicate how long a grower should wait to harvest from a field that has been irrigated with water that does not meet FSMA quality standards.)

Organic farming and produce safety:

Questions? Interested in a free farm visit/consultation with DFI?

If you have questions about the resources or services related to food safety offered at DFI, please contact Jill Moe, Education Program Coordinator, at jmoe@cabnr.unr.edu or (775) 682-9782.

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