June 14, 2020 - Soil Classification, Nutrient Management, Fertilization, and Biocide Application issues have become a routine part of Crop Insurance Litigation in recent years. Additionally, in the preparation of Risk-Based Preventative Control Plans mandated under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010) we must evaluate Soil Amendments as a possible vector for  transmission of pathogens and natural and anthropogenic poisons into the human food supply.

Charles Woodhouse is already, with two MS Degrees, a credentialed scientist in both Food Safety and in Post-Harvest Processing of Agricultural Commodities. Both areas have become subject to significant new regulatory controls by USFDA and USDA under the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (FSMA).

It is increasingly clear that Food Safety is a continuum from "Farm to Fork" beginning with Soil and continuing through Harvest, Processing, Packaging, Storage, and Transportation to the Retail Grocer or Food Service Operator.

For this reason Charles Woodhouse will begin, in August 2020, a Graduate Program at University of Florida's Department of Soil and Water Sciences with the goal of earning his third Graduate Degree in Food and Agricultural Sciences by 2022.

His particular research agenda issues for the next several years are (1) soil amendment issues (pathogens, natural poisons and anthropogenic poisons), for crops that will be consumed fresh without a "Kill-Step", under the FSMA Produce Rule; and (2) the evaluation of micorrhizal ion exchange mechanisms in the uptake, by Agricultural Commodity and Specialty Crops, of the 6 Essential Macro-Nutrients and the 8 important Micro-Nutrients required for optimal plant growth.