Podcast


BUDGET AND EARTH-FRIENDLY PRODUCE SAFETY




MAY 2021       EPISODE 15

This episode features Micah Hutchison, a Michigan Produce Safety Technician, and Parker Jones, a Michigan State University Extension Educator and Innovation Counselor. Enjoy this animated and informative discussion where Parker and Micah compare notes and offer some affordable and earth friendly solutions to common on farm produce safety challenges, including produce packaging, hand washing and more!





FARM FOOD SAFETY PLANS




APRIL 2021       EPISODE 14

This episode features Landen Tetil, a Produce Safety Technician in the Marquette County Conservation District, and Mariel Borgman, an MSU Extension Educator based out of Kalamazoo County. They discuss the importance of farm food safety plans, how to get started, what information should be included, and more.





FARM WORKER TRAINING




MARCH 2021       EPISODE 13

This episode features Micah Hutchison, a Produce Safety Technician with the Genesee Conservation District, and Ginny Farah, who works with the Edible Flint Educational Farm in Flint, Michigan. They provide some insight into training farm workers and volunteers on produce safety practices.




DOES THE FSMA PRODUCE SAFETY RULE APPLY TO YOUR FARM?




FEBRUARY 2021       EPISODE 12

Figuring out whether or not your farm is covered or exempt from the FSMA Produce Safety Rule can be confusing. In this episode, you'll hear from Emily Hale, a Produce Safety Technician covering the east side of Michigan, and Rich and Cindy Kern, co-owners of Cardinal Farms in South Lyon, Michigan. Emily will walk the Kerns through a series of questions to help them determine how the rule applies to their farm.



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MANAGING WILDLIFE




JANUARY 2021       EPISODE 11

This podcast episode features Erin Lizotte, Integrated Pest Management Educator with MSU Extension, and Phil Tocco, Preharvest and Postharvest Food Safety Educator with MSU Extension. They discuss the best ways to manage wildlife on the farm.



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PRODUCE SAFETY INSPECTIONS




DECEMBER 2020       EPISODE 10

This episode features Kristin Esch and Brent Kreiger from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). They give us some insights on produce safety inspections, including the differences between an inspection and an audit, what growers should expect during an inspection, how growers can prepare beforehand, and more.



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For more information on produce safety inspections and how you can prepare, take a look at these videos created by MDARD:







URBAN FARMING AND FOOD SAFETY




NOVEMBER 2020       EPISODE 9

This episode features Erin Caudell, a farmer in Flint Michigan and owner of a grocery store known as The Local Grocer, and Micah Hutchinson, a Produce Safety Technician with the Genesee Conservation District. They discuss both the benefits and challenges that are unique to urban agriculture, along with how produce safety may differ on urban farms.






RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH WATER




OCTOBER 2020       EPISODE 8

In this episode, you’ll hear from Jordan DeVries, a Produce Safety Technician with the Newaygo Conservation District, Marissa Schuh, with Michigan State University Extension, and Don Stoeckel, with the Produce Safety Alliance at Cornell University. They discuss the produce safety risks you should consider when it comes to water, along with what is required by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule regarding water system inspections.



ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


: This episode of our podcast clarifies what exactly is required by FSMA in terms of water testing, along with how growers can communicate with a lab in order to get what they need.

: This interactive map can help you find a water testing lab in your area.

: This infographic shows which methods of irrigation are the highest risk, and which methods are the lowest risk.





ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING




SEPTEMBER 2020       EPISODE 7

Environmental Monitoring is the process of testing surfaces inside a pack house or post-harvest area. In this episode, Scott Wall with New Age Laboratories and Jordan DeVries, a Produce Safety Technician with Newaygo Conservation District, discuss why you may want to implement an environmental monitoring program on your farm.





THE MICHIGAN ON-FARM PRODUCE SAFETY TEAM




AUGUST 2020       EPISODE 6

The Michigan On-Farm Produce Safety Team consists of the Michigan Conservation District Produce Safety Technicians, Michigan State University Extension, and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). In this episode, you’ll hear from Michelle Jacokes, a Produce Safety Technician with the Manistee Conservation District, Mariel Borgman, an MSU Extension Educator, and Heather Borden, the Logistics Coordinator with MSU Extension. They talk about how these organizations collaborate to form the Michigan On-Farm Produce Safety Team, along with the free, voluntary, and confidential resources available to help growers with all aspects of produce safety on the farm.



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Other online produce safety resources:




FOOD-SAFE COMPOST & MANURE USE




JULY 2020       EPISODE 5

This episode features Kristin Esch, a produce safety specialist with the state of Michigan, and Brad Morgan, president and CEO of Morgan Composting. They discuss the best ways to treat, handle, and store compost or manure with regards to produce safety.




LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE ROMAINE LETTUCE OUTBREAKS




JUNE 2020       EPISODE 4

In this episode, you'll hear from Jordan DeVries, a Produce Safety Technician with Newaygo Conservation District, Ben Phillips, an MSU Extension Educator in the east central part of Michigan, and Beth Van Dyk, the food safety manager for Van Dyk farms. They discuss the romaine lettuce outbreaks from 2018 and 2019, and Beth speaks up about how these outbreaks have affected leafy greens growers in Michigan.




CLEANING, SANITIZING, & DISINFECTING




MAY 2020       EPISODE 3

This episode features Emily Hale, a Produce Safety Technician with the Blue Water Conservation District, and Chris Callahan, who runs the Agricultural Engineering Program within University of Vermont Extension. They discuss the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting, along with where and how often these activities should occur on the farm.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


This guide, developed by Chris Callahan, helps to further explain the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.

The Produce Safety Alliance created a guide to help growers better understand what to look for in a sanitizer label.






INSIGHTS FROM A FLORIDA U-PICK FARM




APRIL 2020       EPISODE 2

In this episode, Phil Tocco from Michigan State University Extension talks with Shane Mart, Director of Compliance at H&A Farms in Mt. Dora, Florida. With all the uncertainty in our current world and with Michigan U-pick seasons coming up soon, this episode gives you some insights from a grower who has been through a U-pick season already.






FSMA COMPLIANT WATER TESTING




MARCH 2020       EPISODE 1

This episode features Marissa Schuh, a vegetable production educator with MSU Extension, and Mike Snarski, manager of Summit Laboratory out of Grand Rapids, MI. They clarify what exactly is required by the Food Safety Modernization Act in terms of water testing, and they discuss how growers can communicate with a lab in order to get what they need.



ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


This interactive map can help you find a water testing lab in your area.

This video shows a step by step process on how to properly collect a water sample.





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