Join the presentations and break out discussion about the benefits & challenges of raw manure use relative to the safety of fresh fruit and vegetable production. Key goals for the summit include identifying barriers to using/producing compost while identifying management strategies, resources, and additional support necessary to support growers in minimizing food safety risks on the farm, especially when using raw manure.
Additionally, gain a better understanding of current FDA research and risk assessment efforts and the final FSMA Produce Safety Rule standards included in Subpart F - Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin and Human Waste. Come prepared to share your knowledge, thoughts, and innovative ideas!
BONUS - COMPOST2018 CONFERENCE!
The Southeast Soil Summit is co-locating with COMPOST2018, the US Compost Council’s national conference and the largest compost and organics recycling industry event in the US. It will kick off the evening after the Southeast Soil Summit at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, GA Jan. 22-25, 2018.
SESS attendees receive a 20% discount on COMPOST2018 conference registration by using the code SESS2018 when registering at compostconference.com!
Registration fee: $120/person
- Registration includes the training materials, lunch on day two, and refreshments.
- Registration will be limited to the first 100 registrants.
- All registration (online and paper) closes January 17, 2018.
- No onsite registration will be available.
Prefer to register by mail? Click on the following link for the mail-in registration form: http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/events/PDF/SoutheasternSoilSummit2018.pdf
For general registration questions, contact Sarah McCoy at email@example.com or 863-956-8632.
**Please note: NO substitutions, transfers, or refunds will be issued within one week of the training start date**
LOCATION & LODGING
Westin Peachtree Plaza
210 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Book your room online today - select SOIL SUMMIT under guest type
Single/Double: $169 plus tax per night
Have hotel questions or want to book over the phone?
Contact our housing agent, VIP Meetings, at 877-717-1655 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Mention “SE Soil Summit” for $169 rate before January 17th
- Click HERE to go to GoogleMaps directions, or
- Click HERE to go to the Westin Peachtree Plaza Parking and Directions page.
If flying, it is recommended to use Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Transportation suggestions from Hartsfield-Jackson ATL Airport to the Westin Peachtree Plaza include:
- Taxi - Click HERE for a general taxi fee structure from the ATL Airport
- MARTA (Public rapid transport system) - The hotel is located on the MARTA line at Peachtree Center Station (listed as N1 on the red or gold rail lines)— one block walking distance from the hotel. Fees: $2.50, Travel time is 20 minutes. For more information about Marta, click HERE.
- Uber or Lyft
- Car Rental - Click HERE to find a list of rental car centers located at the Hartsfield-Jackson ATL Airport.
Click HERE to get the draft agenda for the 2018 Southeast Soil Summit
This Summit will build upon the body of knowledge developed at the first Soil Summit hosted by PSA in March 2017 and will expand to explore regional differences in soil amendment use and challenges. There are many types of soil amendments used on fruit and vegetable farms across the country. Soil amendments such as compost and raw manure benefit crop growth, soil fertility and tilth, but also help manage waste from animal agriculture. Though there are many benefits to their use, there can also be environmental and food safety risks presented. Raw manure, in particular, has a higher potential to contain foodborne pathogens that can cause illness, especially if fruits and vegetables become contaminated, either directly (e.g., improper application or processing of compost) or indirectly (e.g., through contaminated irrigation water from runoff).
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has addressed food safety risks associated with the use of soil amendments through the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule that was published in the Federal Register on November 27, 2015. During the initial proposal and comment period for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, concerns were raised about a proposed nine-month interval between the application of raw manure and the harvest of produce crops covered by the rule, and a proposed 45-day interval after the application of composted manure. Many commenters felt the provisions would be too burdensome for produce growers and may be more restrictive than necessary to achieve the intended benefit to public health. As a result, the FDA decided to reserve a decision on the minimum application interval and to conduct additional research and a risk assessment. This additional work is designed to quantify the risk of human illness associated with the consumption of produce grown in fields amended with untreated biological soil amendments of animal origin and to evaluate the impact of interventions that include the use of an application interval (or intervals).
Both the FDA and agricultural educators recognize the need to support produce growers in the evaluation of management options that preserve the benefits of manure use in their production systems, while also addressing the environmental and food safety risks associated with raw manure. The summit will begin by setting the stage to discuss current FDA efforts to conduct additional research and a risk assessment and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule standards included in Subpart F - Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin and Human Waste. However, the primary focus of the summit will be to outline the benefits and challenges of raw manure use, transitioning to use of compost when possible, and identifying management strategies to minimize food safety risks associated with the use of all soil amendments.
GOALS OF THE SE SOIL SUMMIT
- Provide clarification on the FSMA Produce Safety Rule standards included in Subpart F - Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin and Human Waste
- Inform educators, produce growers, and researchers of current FDA risk assessment and research initiatives that are currently under way such as:
- Data collection for risk assessment to inform polices regarding use of raw manure on produce farms that grow commodities covered by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule
- Discuss other research or initiatives that FDA knows about or is supporting
- Provide the opportunity for small break-out sessions to discuss and brainstorm on the following topics that can help inform what resources and support might be necessary to assist produce growers. Discussion topics may include:
- Current uses of raw manure on fruit and vegetable farms, including decision-making processes for their management and application
- Barriers and benefits to the adoption of composting practices on produce farms
- Discussion should include barriers and benefits including costs, availability,
lack of information and/or infrastructure and any other relevant details
- How to address situations where compost practices may not be feasible for the
farm, including risk management strategies for the use of raw manure
- Accessibility and other challenges of procuring compost, including costs, availability, and infrastructure needs
- Development of key educational resources and protocols for composting or
management of raw manure to reduce food safety risks that may be needed
- Identify research gaps/needs to (1) better understand risks and practices to reduce risks, and (2) improve the quality of compost (e.g. nutrient profile).
EXPECTED OUTCOMES OF THE SE SOIL SUMMIT
- Gain a better understanding of FSMA Produce Safety Rule standards related to the use of soil amendments, as well as current FDA research and risk assessment initiatives.
- Increase knowledge about the diversity of biological soil amendments and production systems used on fruit and vegetable farms.
- Develop a framework including a list of critical components necessary to develop a soil amendment management strategy that small farm owners could use to assess risks and minimize food safety risks while using raw manure.
- Create an action item list that would encourage and support the use of compost, when possible, or other soil amendments that reduce risks associated with raw manure use.
- Develop a list of research needs to address identified gaps in knowledge.
- Publish a document (e.g., white paper) that summarizes the Soil Summit discussion topics, outcomes, and priority action items so that any future meetings can benefit from progress that was made during the summit.
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COMPOST2018--Spend Three More Days on Healthy Soils!
COMPOST2018, the USCC’s national conference and the largest compost and organics recycling industry event in the US, will land in Atlanta, GA Jan. 22-25, 2018, kicking off the evening after the Southeast Soils Summit! Come to Atlanta and spend a week on healthy soil!
Participants of COMPOST2018 can mix with 1,000 compost manufacturers, collectors of food scraps and green waste, equipment providers, academics, scientists and compostable products manufacturers.
- Hear Scott Jenkins, the general manager of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and Chair of the Green Sports Alliance, is the opening speaker; and a star-studded closing will be shared by Laura Turner Seydel, chair of the Captain Planet Foundation and Liza Milagro, Sr. Sustainability Leader at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
- Attend sessions on business, including financing, growth and public/private partnerships; organics collection in cities, at events and in restaurants and food scrap generators; new technologies for compost; and compost use in green infrastructure!
- Visit the Trade Show of more than 100 vendors of technologies, products from commercial composting systems, heavy equipment serving facility operators to compostable products and services as varied as consulting, collection and business management.
Southeast Soil Summit attendees receive a 20% discount on conference registration by using the code SESS2018 when registering at compostconference.com!
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