Produce safety symposium comes to CSU Dec. 1

A symposium on “Resources and Tools for Produce Safety Research and Education” will be held on Dec. 1 in the Lory Student Center, Room 382, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The goal of the symposium is to increase all participants’ understanding of Colorado State University’s growing role in produce safety, and connect the University’s first cohort of produce safety fellows with research and resources in various departments at CSU.Prodcue in front of Colorado flag

The lineup

8 a.m.    Welcome and Introduction
Overview of the Produce Safety Fellowship program and the importance of produce safety today. Marisa Bunning, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist in Food Safety, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

8:30 a.m.     Keynote Speaker
Gretchen Wall, Produce Safety Alliance Coordinator & Northeast Regional Extension Associate, Cornell University

9:30 a.m.      CSU’s Food Safety Center and Preventive Controls Training
Tamla Blunt, Extension Specialist, College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

10 a.m.       Break

10:30 a.m.       Tools and skills for production and post-harvest water quality sampling
Douglas Rice, Laboratory Director, Water Quality Lab

11:30 a.m.      Building a “student farm-to-student table” project
Mark Uchanski, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Noon     Lunch

12:45 p.m.      Hydroponic Production Systems
Water quality treatment and sourcing vegetables to CSU Dining Services. Steve Newman, Greenhouse Crops Extension Specialist and Professor of Floriculture, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

1:30 p.m.         CSU Produce Safety Fellows presentations
Tyler Mason, Deborah Ray and Heather Marshall

2:15 p.m.          Final discussion

2:30 p.m.         Adjourn


Registration is required for this event. For questions and registration details, contact Catherine Davis at