Next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics are changing our understanding of the role of comparative food microbiology, from isolate identification and strain discrimination to more detailed genomic analysis aimed at predicting the antibiotic resistance or pathogenicity. In this webinar, Dr. Jonathan Jacobs will review the technical and logistical fundamentals of implementing end-to-end sequencing and bioinformatics analysis protocols for routine food testing and surveillance.

Sonia Salas

Regulatory produce inspections are taking place to verify compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Produce Safety rule in the United States. These farm inspections are executed by 42 state departments of agriculture and 2 departments of health that have cooperative agreements with the FDA. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) plays a key role in supporting successful collaboration and communication between regulatory agencies (state and federal) and produce stakeholders. Our featured speaker, Mr.

Sonia Salas

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, representatives of the United States and China signed a phase one trade agreement that represents a positive step towards ending the nearly two-year-long trade war. Western Growers Board Chairman Ryan Talley of Talley Farms attended the White House signing ceremony on behalf of our membership.  WG’s official press release on the event can be viewed here.

WHAT IS IN THE DEAL FOR AGRICULTURE?

Tracey Chow

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