The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) will hold its 5th Annual Produce Research Symposium in Newport Beach, California on June 24-25.  Attendees can expect to see representatives from every spectrum of the food safety chain, from industry to research scientists. The results from CPS funded projects will be presented – with a focus on irrigation water and disinfection methods to reduce the risk of produce contamination, addressing Salmonella and E. coli as potential contaminants.

 

Hank Giclas

The House of Representatives has been focused on passing legislation this month to address concerns over human trafficking. While much of this effort has little to do with the agriculture industry, one of the bills introduced in the House would pose significant concerns to agriculture producers if it were to move forward without necessary changes.

Ken Barbic

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its 2012 Ag Census last week, highlighting a variety of important agriculture stats not only for the country, but for the country’s top producing agriculture state – California.   Statistics show that California is the top state using renewable energy producing systems in agriculture with 5,845 farms engaging renewable energy systems.  NASS also showed that solar energy production was the most common renewable energy producing system being used.

 

Matt McInerney

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