California Good Ag Neighbors - Holtville

About this Event

Perhaps no issue in agriculture is as complex as that of the safety of fresh produce grown in the vicinity of livestock and wildlife. Animal operations and fresh produce growers in California are among the most highly regulated in the country but confusion often exists about what each community does to help keep our food safe.

Join us for a workshop where food safety scientists, regulators, produce growers, and livestock farmers can share what we already know about the produce safety-livestock interface and how we can leverage existing efforts to make food even safer.

Sponsored by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the University of California – Davis, using cooperative funding from the Food & Drug Administration, this workshop promises to be enlightening and useful as we explore collaborative methods for advancing food safety.

Sign-in is at 8:30am. Course hours are from 9am until 4pm. The workshop is free and has been subsidized by a grant from the California Department of Food & Agriculture. Lunch will be provided.


Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers, livestock owners, and others interested in learning about produce safety-livestock interface and co-management to promote food safety.


What to Expect

The trainers will spend the morning learning what laws, regulations, and practices already exist to protect food and environmental safety. The afternoon will be spent in various breakout groups examining how these practices can be leveraged.

Subjects to be covered include:

  • State and Federal produce safety laws and regulations
  • Relevant State and Federal livestock environmental laws and regulations
  • What has been learned from previous outbreaks
  • A review of relevant published and unpublished research
  • Exploration of how all farmers and ranchers can limit their liability

There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.


Benefits of Attending

Attendees will gain a better understanding of how co-management of neighboring farms can further enhance food safety, reduce potential for fresh produce outbreaks, and limit liability for both growers and ranchers.


Costs to Attend

The workshop is free and has been subsidized by a grant from the California Department of Food & Agriculture. Lunch will be provided.


Additional Information

For more information about this workshop, please contact:

Michael Payne, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (UCD-WIFSS) 530-304-9306

Michele J. Russell, Western Center for Food Safety (UCD-WCFS)

Natalie Krout-Greenberg, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Inspection Division

Published Date: Jun 06, 2019