Soil Amendment Workshop

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Soil Amendment Workshop

Learn about risks and benefits of using compost and how to comply with the current requirements under the Produce Safety Rule.

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Agricultural History Farm Park 18400 Muncaster Road Derwood, MD 20855

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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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This workshop will help growers understand the risks and benefits of using BSAAOs, how to properly compost and assess the quality of compost, and how to comply with the current Federal requirements. It will also provide an update on the status of BSAAO Risk Assessment, associated research, and discuss the possible future of Subpart F provisions for the use of untreated BSAAO on covered farms.

Attendees will receive a certificate of workshop completion for their records.

*The $10 registration fee is to cover expense for light breakfast and lunch for attendees.


  • 8:30-8:45 - Welcome and Introductions
  • 8:45-9:45 - Mythbusting the Produce Safety Rule - Subpart F - Dave Ingram, U.S. Food & Drug Administration
  • 9:45-10:45 - The Compost Process - Dave Myers, University of Maryland Extension
  • 10:45 - 11:00 - Assessing Compost Samples & Hands-On Activity - Jeremy Criss, Montgomery County Office of Agriculture
  • 11:00 -11:15 - Break
  • 11:15 -11:45 - Handling FDA Inspections: What to Expect - Erin Nagle, U.S. Food & Drug Administration
  • 11:45-12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45-1:30 - Breakout Discussion Groups - Application Rates & Uses Scenarios
  • 1:30-2:30 - Re-Group - Scenario Discussion
  • 2:30-3:00 - Questions & Closing Remarks

This workshop is supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award U2FFD007444 totaling $856,887 with 100 percent funded by FDA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by FDA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.