Our program involves research in areas spanning the farm-to-table continuum. Research priorities were determined by assessment of needs among Washington stakeholders. We appreciate the opportunity to engage with numerous industry partners and other stakeholder groups to ensure that research outcomes and impacts are relevant to current practices.
Understanding routes of contamination within farming systems was identified as an area of interest among Washington producers, particularly with respect to practices involving fresh open water resources, such as irrigation. Use of manure in soil amendments and composting practices were also identified as an area of interest for research by stakeholders.
Validation of antimicrobial treatments for food packing and processing is an important area of research based on industry needs. Increasing the availability of data based on current industry practices is a focus in our laboratory.
Our program has participated in collaborative projects to understand consumer food safety awareness and consumer practices.