Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New York Fruit Growers Part of USDA Survey on Chemical Use

From the USDA:

Fruit growers in 11 states, including New York, are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service biennial Fruit Chemical Use Survey.

The survey will collect information on pesticides and fertilizers used, acres treated and rates applied to more than 20 fruit crops. Beginning this year, NASS is partnering with USDA’s Economic Research Service to ask a set of questions about growers’ microbial food safety practices. 

These data will help measure the impact of the recently passed Food Safety Modernization Act, which focuses on preventing foodborne illness by reducing microbial contamination of food products, including produce.

The Fruit Chemical Use Survey will provide much needed information about current crop production practices used in the United States. The results of this survey,which will be published in July 2016, will paint a detailed picture of pesticide use and other pest management practices used by fruit growers across the nation.

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