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Research Opportunity

ORGANIC PRODUCE FARMS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH STUDY

We are looking for certified organic producers to participate in a multi-regional study to fully assess current management practices affecting the survival of pathogens and soil health, used by the organic industry related to adding raw or aged/untreated manure to crop fields. The goal of our study is to provide organic farmers with science-based effective strategies that limit food safety risks when using valuable raw manure based soil amendments.

University of California-Davis researchers will visit enrolled farms 8 times over the growing season (2017- 2018). We will collect produce, water, soil and manure samples. All samples will be tested for bacterial indicators such as non-pathogenic E. coli & pathogens. Farmers will be asked to complete a short survey. The study is voluntary and all locations and names will be kept confidential.

Who are we looking for?

  • NOP certified organic farms in California:

  • that fertilize with raw manure or aged/untreated manure (dairy cattle, horse or poultry)

  • and grow any of the following produce:

    • leafy greens (lettuce, spinach)

    • root vegetables (carrots, radish)

    • fruits (tomatoes, cucumbers)

Benefits: Participating farms will receive all test results for their farm for free, a summary report of the overall study, farm specific feedback to help minimize contamination of fresh produce and an incentive of $700 upon completion of the 2-year study.

For more information or to enroll, please contact Dr. Alda Pires (Urban Agriculture & Food Safety Specialist in Cooperative Extension): Phone: 530-754-9855, Email: apires@ucdavis.edu or Dr. Michele Jay-Russell (Research Microbiologist & Program Manager): Phone: 530-219-4628, Email: mjay@ucdavis.edu

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Research Opportunity

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY FOR MIXED CROP-LIVESTOCK FARMS

We are seeking volunteers for a study accessing the dynamics of foodborne pathogens (i.e., Campylobacter spp.) in integrated mixed crop-livestock systems involving multiple livestock species. The use of livestock to graze vegetable, fruit or nut production fields has increased in recent years in California. The results of this project will develop scale-size management practice recommendations to reduce foodborne pathogen risk for mixed crop-livestock farms producing fresh produce or nuts.

University of California Davis and Agriculture Natural Resources researchers will visit enrolled farms 4 times. We will collect feces, untreated/aged manure, water, and produce samples. All samples will be tested for foodborne pathogens (Campylobacter). Farmers will be asked to complete a short survey. The study is voluntary and all locations and names will be kept confidential.

 You will receive a $50 gift card for your participation in this project

Farm in Yolo, Solano,Sacramento, Sonoma,or Marin counties

Integrate livestock grazing and crop production or integrate livestock grazing in orchards (fruit or nuts)

o  Small to medium-sized farms

o  Raise poultry and at least one of these livestock species:cattle, swine or small ruminants

 

For more information or to enroll, please contact Dr. Alda Pires (Urban Agriculture & Food Safety Specialist in Cooperative Extension): Phone: 530-754-9855, Email: apires@ucdavis.edu or Dr. Michele Jay-Russell (Research Microbiologist & Program Manager): Phone: 530-219-4628, Email: mjay@ucdavis.edu

 

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