CPS Awards first Ever Water Research Project- USA

CPS Awards first Ever Water Research Project- USA

Center for Produce Safety Awards $200K to First-Ever Water Research Project

T he Center for Produce Safety (CPS) is celebrating an exciting milestone: its first-ever research project,  Agriculture Water Treatment - Southwest Region . To kick off the project in style, CPS  awarded the project $200,000 , which will be used to fund the study of the effectiveness of various agricultural water treatments. The University of Arizona’s Channah Rock— (Ph.D.) Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, and a Water Quality Specialist with UA's Cooperative Extension at the Maricopa Agricultural Center—will lead the project. This is the fifth research award she has received from CPS since 2011.


Dave Corsi, Chair of the Board of Directors, Center for Produce SafetyDave Corsi, Chair of the Board of Directors, Center for Produce Safety"This project is groundbreaking for CPS and for the fresh produce industry, as we take the first step toward finding solutions to help our industry address the critical issue of safe ag water treatments," said Dave Corsi, Chair of CPS's Board of Directors and Vice President of Produce and Floral for Wegmans Food Markets. "This is also just the beginning—this project  sets a precedent for future CPS awards  to fund research in this area."


Along with heralding CPS’s entry into researching and solving the safety of water applied to fresh produce crops, this ag water research award by CPS  reflects strategic changes  made by the organization in 2018 that reflect where fresh produce safety is headed. Specifically, CPS updated its mission to "fund science, find solutions, and fuel change” and revamped its research program to do the following:

As part of these changes, the one-year-long project will examine the  effectiveness of antimicrobial ag water treatments  in the Southwest region of the U.S., recognizing that there may be regional and/or site-specific variations for effectively treating water.

Channah Rock, Professor and Specialist, University of ArizonaChannah Rock, Professor and Specialist, University of Arizona"Growers have access to a myriad of options for water treatment, with limited guidance to help them be successful," said Rock, "Our goal is to  develop scientific data  that will inform growers on how to use ag water treatments more effectively and confidently."




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