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On Farm Flood 
Management & Response

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Dr. Brendan A Niemira 

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
11:00 a.m. PST

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Webinar Description

After weeks of heavy rainfall, growers have faced several challenges. This webinar brings together representatives from the Food and Drug Administration, USDA Farm Services Agency, University of California, Davis, and Industry to share information regarding the assessment of flooding impacts. In addition, the speakers will discuss factors growers should consider in their decision-making process relative to current and future plantings. This webinar is brought to you by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and Western Growers. Don’t miss this opportunity; join us and ask questions.

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Meet the Speakers

Dr. Ali Strickland
FDA Representative

After flooding best practicies (FDA perspective)



Angie Ramirez
Triangle Farms

A native of the Salinas Valley, Angie received a food safety certificate from the Agricultural Business and Technology Institute at Hartnell College. She began her career in produce food safety at Markon cooperative, over ten years ago, focusing in supplier food safety programs at the postharvest level in a variety of product categories across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. She currently holds the title of Manager of Food Safety & Organic Compliance at Triangle Farms, Inc. in Salinas, CA.  

Dr. Ali Strickland
FDA Representative

Ali Strickland is a Biologist within the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Fresh Produce Branch. In her role, she offers expertise in fresh produce production and harvesting to promote food safety and synergy along the farm-to-fork continuum. Ali is currently finishing her PhD in Infectious Disease with a concentration on foodborne illnesses at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.  

Erin Leigh DiCaprio
UC Davis

Dr. Erin DiCaprio is an Associate Professor of Cooperative Extension in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California Davis. Dr. DiCaprio is a food virologist. Her research focuses on understanding the interaction of foodborne viruses with foods, investigating emerging foodborne viruses, and developing strategies to control viruses in the food chain. As an Associate Professor in Cooperative Extension with a focus on community food safety she provides support to small food processors, food entrepreneurs, food hubs, growers, and consumers related to food safety and food regulations. Dr. DiCaprio is a Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance Preventive Controls for Human Food Lead Instructor. She is also a FSMA Produce Safety Rule, Produce Safety Alliance Lead Trainer. She is also the statewide technical lead for the UC Cooperative Extension Produce Safety Technical Assistance Program.

Vivian Soffa
FSA

Born in California, Vivian has lived and worked in both urban and rural environments. Her love of land and farming has provided her opportunities to operate a small farm in California, shear sheep and live and work overseas on a farm.

Vivian is currently the County Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency office serving Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties. This office is responsible for providing financial support to farmers and ranchers in a variety of programs that are authorized by the Farm Bill. Her work has assisted USDA policy makers to recognize that there are diverse needs of farmers on the Central Coast (and within the State of California) that require new approaches to traditional farm program policies.

Erin Leigh DiCaprio
UC Davis

After flooding response (Academia perspective)

Vivian Soffa
FSA

Assessing flooding (Role of the FSA)

Angie Ramirez
Triangle Farms

Managing flooding (Industry Experience)

Western Growers staff

Welcome/Intro

CDFA staff

Q&A Session