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Integrating Livestock with Crops Project: Food-Safety Considerations

Montana State University’s three-year research project, Impacts of Integrating Livestock into Cropping Systems on Soil Health and Crop Production, has uncovered some interesting findings. Funded by Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE) and led by Research Associate Devon Ragen and her master’s student, Trestin Benson, this research explored the benefits and challenges of incorporating sheep into a five-year dryland cropping rotation and a diverse vegetable production system. What are the food-safety regulations for livestock and vegetable crops? Andrea Sarchet, Produce Safety Educator and Outreach Coordinator with the Montana Department of Agriculture, fills us in.