COVER LETTER

Dear Organic Farmer,

We need your assistance to better understand the scope, needs and to assess current practices used by the organic agricultural industry, related to manure and compost use and rotational grazing, in order to identify potential food safety risks related to microbial contamination. A group of researchers, stakeholders and extension faculty would like to evaluate and characterize the current practices and needs of organic producers. This study is led by Drs. Alda Pires (UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine) and Michele Jay-Russell (Western Center for Food Safety, UC Davis).

We are interested in conducting a needs assessment to gather information about the use of animal-based soil amendments, including rotational grazing of livestock and poultry, in organic and sustainable agriculture, with a focus on produce commodities covered under FDA’s proposed Produce Safety Rule. This survey will provide critical information that can be incorporated into guidelines aimed toward developing research on risk mitigation of foodborne pathogens for organic and sustainable agriculture.

Your participation is essential to helping us in this needs assessment. The survey will take about 30 minutes of your time.

Thank you for time and consideration. Should you have any questions about this needs assessment, please feel free to contact us directly.

Your answers are completely confidential and will be released only as summaries in which no individual’s answers can be identified. You can choose not to participate and can quit the survey at any time. There will be no penalty or loss of services or benefits if you decide not to take part in the survey. This research has been reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (“IRB”). You may talk to an IRB staff member at (916) 703-9151 or IRBAdmin@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu  if you have questions about your rights as a research subject.

Sincerely,

Alda Pires (apires@ucdavis.edu)
Michele Jay-Russell (mjay@ucdavis.edu)
 

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