In this episode, we talk with Val Wall at Whitehorse Meadows Farm about her most significant pest and wildlife issues and how she protects her crops from animal intrusion and mitigates contamination issues when they arise. You’ll gain direct insight into her trials and tribulations and how she built an effective netting structure, ultimately increasing her marketable yield. Later, Karen Ullmann at the Washington State Department of Agriculture will discuss what animal mitigation practices FDA (the Food and Drug Administration) requires under the Produce Safety Rule, one of seven rules under FSMA or the Food Safety Modernization Act. The rule establishes federal, scientific-based standards for minimizing microbial contamination and the risk of foodborne illness linked to fruits and vegetables.
The Farm Walks Podcast is collaboratively organized by Tilth Alliance and WSU Food Systems. This podcast was brought to you by the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Produce Safety Program with support from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award [#5U18FD005913] totaling $6,106,186 with 100 percent funded by FDA/HHS. The contents are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by FDA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
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