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Panelists tout collaboration as way to address ag issues

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 21st, 2013

Scott Horsfall (right), chief executive officer of Leafy Greens Handlers Marketing Agreement, answers questions from the audience during the Farm Food Safety and Conservation Network forum Wednesday. (Photo by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — The Farm Food Safety and Conservation Network, in collaboration with the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), held the sixth annual Farm, Food Safety and Conservation Network Co-management Forum at the Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room on Wednesday.

The event was attended by a mix of conservationists, producers, food safety professionals and government agency workers interested in learning strategies that ensure food safety while protecting natural resources.

A panel of UC Cooperative Extension and UC Davis scientists shared the latest research on managing nitrate, pathogens and pesticides, while representatives of grower organizations and regulatory agencies discussed policy related to co-management.

Starting off the event was keynote speaker Craig McNamara, president of the California Board of Food and Agriculture, who spoke on the state’s necessary shift to sustainability as a way to address critical challenges facing the industry.

McNamara, who is also a farmer, said issues including immigration, water concerns, climate change and how to support the next generation of farmers, required compromise.

“I believe we will all have to compromise to move the industry forward,” he said.

For the complete article see the 08-22-2013 issue.

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