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GIS tools and approaches to food safety at the pre-harvest level

Improve GIS tools and approaches to reduce produce microbial food safety hazard introduction from agricultural water, environmental and animal sources at the pre-harvest level.

The goal is to develop models that allow for the prediction of times and locations with an increased risk of microbial hazards on-farm in different US growing regions. Models will be built using a combination of pathogen and indicator data, remotely sensed weather and adjacent land-use buffer data, and on-site physiochemical data. Outputs from model predictions will assist with region-specific guidance for industry on reducing microbial hazards on-farm from water and soil; as well as, educational programming for extension educators (targeted efforts).