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Food contact surfaces are extremely important to keep clean in order to reduce the spread of pathogens. When we think of areas that produce comes into contact with, we typically think of a table or a harvest container, but what are some other surfaces that aren't usually considered? In this episode, Produce Safety Technicians Micah Hutchison and Landen Tetil talk about certain food contact surfaces that may be unintentional and how you can keep these areas clean.
In this episode, you'll hear from Olivia Smith, a postdoctoral researcher at Michigan State University, and Phil Tocco, an MSU Extension Educator. They discuss the factors that influence the relative risk of birds to food safety. Additional ResourcesArticles Published in Scientific Journals:Complex landscapes stabilize farm bird communities and their expected ecosystem servicesAre we overestimating risk of enteric pathogen spillover from wild birds to humans?Agricultural intensification heightens food safety risks posed by wild birdsA trait-based framework for predicting foodborne pathogen risk from wild birdsFeedlot Association Increases Food Safety Risk Associated with Wild Birds - Photo GalleryPress Releases:Bird-Friendly Agriculture: Finding the Right Balance to Benefit Birds and Farmers (and Everyone Else)Not-so dirty birds? Not enough evidence to link wild birds to food-borne illnessNew research reconciles wild bird conservation with farm food safety concernsResearchers pinpoint which bird species pose food safety risk to cropsThese bird species are most likely to contaminate our fruits and veggiesRelated Podcasts:MSU Ag & Wildlife Podcast: Wild birds on the farmBrief description of Kestrel Grant: Two members receive USDA-NIFA postdoctoral fellowships - Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (msu.edu)
This episode features Emily Hale, Produce Safety Technician with the Blue Water Conservation District, Jordan DeVries, Produce Safety Technician with the Newaygo Conservation District, and Ben Phillips, MSU Extension Educator. They talk about their experiences with On-Farm Readiness Reviews and discuss areas of improvement they see most commonly on farms when it comes to produce safety. 
The FDA recently proposed changes to the FSMA Produce Safety Rule Agricultural Water Rule requirements. In this episode, Phil Tocco, Food Safety Educator with Michigan State University Extension, and Annalisa Hultberg, Food Safety Educator with the University of Minnesota, discuss the proposed changes to the rule and provide guidance on how to submit comments.Comments can be written and faxed to the FDA at 301-827-6870 or mailed to:Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)Food and Drug Administration5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061Rockville, MD 20852To read more about the rule or if you would like to comment on the proposed rule, you may do so at FSMA Proposed Rule on Agricultural Water.Comments must be submitted by April 5, 2022.Additional Resources:Agricultural Water Proposed Rule Fact Sheet
Safe Cider Production

Safe Cider Production

2021-11-0120:15

This episode features Landen Tetil, Produce Safety Technician with the Marquette County Conservation District, and Les Bourquin, Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University. They talk about produce safety risks to keep in mind when it comes to on-farm apple cider production.
This episode features Barb Roth, owner of Red Barn Market in Lowell Michigan, and Mariel Borgman, Community Food Systems Educator with MSU Extension. They discuss various food safety risks on U-Pick farms and how you can mitigate them. Resources: Contact your local Produce Safety TechnicianMichigan Agritourism AssociationWorker Training Resources and Templates
Farm to School

Farm to School

2021-09-0817:33

This episode features Lori Yelton, Nutrition and Food Management Consultant with MDARD, Mary Rose Vanas, Food Service Director for Shelby Public Schools, Landen Tetil, Produce Safety Technician with the Marquette County Conversation District, and Mariel Borgman, Community Food Systems Educator with MSU Extension. They discuss the value farm to school has on the community, and provide their own perspectives on food safety in farm to school settings.Additional Resources:Michigan Agriculture Facts and Figures – https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/MI_Ag_Facts__Figures_474011_7.pdfMDARD Magazine 2020 –  https://farmflavor.com/michigan/michigan-magazine/michigan-agriculture-2020/USDA Farm to School Resources – https://www.fns.usda.gov/cfs/farm-school-resourcesMSU-CRFS Cultivate Michigan – https://www.cultivatemichigan.org/resourcesGroundworks – https://www.tencentsmichigan.org/build_your_farm_to_school_programFarm Flavor Michigan – https://farmflavor.com/michigan/michigan-ag-education/michigans-farm-to-school-connection/  Taste the Local Difference – https://www.localdifference.org/MSU Extension Community Food Systems Team Members – https://www.canr.msu.edu/community_food_systems/expertsRecorded On-Farm Food Safety Webinar: Michigan Farm to Institution Network Virtual Network Meeting – https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/mfin-on-farm-food-safety-webinarMichigan Farm to School: Serving Up Local Foods – https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/michigan-farm-to-school-fact-sheetInformation brief: How do institutional food service professionals know that produce from their suppliers is safe? – https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/institutional-food-safetyNational Farm to School Network – http://www.farmtoschool.org/
Pests in the Wash Pack

Pests in the Wash Pack

2021-08-0209:57

Whether it's mice, rats, birds, or rabbits, many growers struggle with managing pests on the farm. In this episode, Phil Tocco, a Produce Safety Educator with MSU Extension, and Emily Hale, a Produce Safety Technician with the Blue Water Conservation District, give some advice on how to keep these pests under control. Additional ResourcesAnimals in Production Areas – Article by Emily Hale
Training H-2A Workers

Training H-2A Workers

2021-07-1318:49

This month's podcast features Eligio Larraga with the Michigan Farm Bureau and Jordan DeVries, a Michigan Produce Safety Technician. In this episode, Eligio and Jordan sit down and discuss produce safety training for H-2A workers. 
What does it mean to create a culture of food safety? Micah Hutchison, a Produce Safety Technician, and Mariel Borgman, an MSU Extension Educator, sit down and discuss the things, ideas, and activities all employees should share to promote a good food safety culture on the farm. Additional ResourcesGlitterbug Handwashing Activity
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

Farm Food Safety Plans

2021-04-0723:04

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. For a farm food safety plan template, take a look at the "Record Keeping" section on the Michigan On-Farm Produce Safety Team website.
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. 
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. To contact a Michigan Produce Safety Technician, you may visit https://www.miofps.org/Additional Resources:FSMA Produce Safety Rule Flowchart"Am I Covered?" Interactive Video
Managing Wildlife

Managing Wildlife

2021-01-0126:31

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. Additional Resources:Wildlife Management ResourcesDo I Need a Permit to Control Wildlife on my Farm?Preharvest Wildlife Scouting Interactive Video
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. For more information on produce safety inspections and how you can prepare, take a look at these videos created by MDARD:Produce Safety Inspection for Farm OwnersProduce Safety Inspection for Farm WorkersProduce Safety Technical AssistanceAdditional Resources:Contact your local Produce Safety TechnicianLearn more about On-Farm Readiness Reviews
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. 
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:More on Water Testing: https://www.buzzsprout.com/936625/episodes/3028309-fsma-compliant-water-testingWater Testing Lab Map: https://www.canr.msu.edu/agrifood_safety/produce-safety-education/water Irrigation Risks Infographic: https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/irrigation-methods-infographic 
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 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.  Learn more about your local Michigan Conservation District Produce Safety TechnicianSign up for an On-Farm Readiness ReviewMSU Extension Agrifood Safety WebsiteOther online produce safety resources:MIFFS Spanish ResourcesProduce Safety Alliance websiteNorth Central Region FSMA teamNational Young Farmers Coalition
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