UD students look at possible contamination of irrigation water

As part of new regulation effective next year from the Food Safety Modernization Act, students in the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) are using a plot of land on the campus farm to study possible soil and irrigation water contaminants. The study is part of a $9 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crops Research Initiative (SCRI) grant titled “Developing Consensus Produce Safety Metrics for Leafy Greens and Tomatoes.” The overall goal of such research is to help inform growers on risk assessment in the field in order to allow for higher yields and production sustainability. 

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