Fresh produce growers are required to comply with the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule that is intended to minimize the risk of consumer food borne illnesses from the fresh produce they grow. Produce farming practices in Wisconsin are diverse and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to produce safety. Extension educators assist growers by providing training and by visiting farms to provide produce safety technical assistance needed by growers to pass inspections.
American consumers are increasingly concerned about food safety and animal welfare. Extension workshops about animal care and husbandry, animal welfare and food safety help Wisconsin beef producers assure consumers they are getting high quality, wholesome and safe beef products.
By intentionally connecting community gardens, farmers, university research stations and active residents with emergency food distribution organizations, Extension supports communities in providing access to healthy produce to all residents.
In 2017-2019, Extension colleagues reached more than 150 farm owners/managers through educational programs in locations around the state, including Brown, Dane, Fond du Lac, and Washington counties. The program curriculum and promotion materials were available in both English and Spanish, and simultaneous interpretation was also available.