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:
- Videos for farmers:
- Videos for farm employees:
Clearing house resource listings:
- Produce Safety Alliance at Cornell University
- Western Regional Center for the Enhancement of Food Safety at Oregon State University
- Western Center for Food Safety at University of California, Davis
Crop specific guidance:
- DFI Resource Document: Head Lettuce and Produce Safety
- DFI Resource Document: Microgreens and Produce Safety
Co-management (handling sustainability, wildlife conservation and produce safety):
- DFI Resource Document: Geese Management
- NRCS on the on-farm benefits of conservation measures
- Hedgerows and foodborne pathogens
- Interplay of landscape composition and functional biodiversity
- UC Davis resources on co-management and a paper on the risks from wild animals in food-borne pathogen contamination
- Environmental and social impacts of food safety regulations and an overview of the development of current food safety laws/programs
- Wild Farm Alliance conservation and food safety resources, including a co-management manual
- Community Alliance for Family Farmers (CAFF) food safety resources
- National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition resources on produce safety
- 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:
- This ATTRA publication summarizes Produce Safety Rule requirements and National Organic Program standards – and how producers can efficiently meet both.
- California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) food safety services
- Research showing that organic farming promotes biotic resistance
- Organic Farming Research Foundation’s resources for conservation actions and food safety on organic farms
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 email@example.com or (775) 682-9782.
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