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The Center for Produce Safety is offering up to $1 million in regional grants for researchers to study when and where ag water treatments are appropriate, and what options are available to growers.

The center seeks to find answers on agricultural water use following several E. coli outbreaks linked to leafy greens and romaine lettuce in 2017 and 2018.

The Center for Produce Safety’s board approved the funding after the organization sought input from all segments of the supply chain, public health agencies and academia, according to a news release.

“An in-depth review of the scope of science and the portfolio of past and current CPS funding commitments on this priority issue led to a consensus priority focus for this ag-water (Request for Proposals) on antimicrobial treatment as a preventive control and corrective measure,” according to the release.

The center has scheduled a web seminar on the program at 10 a.m. Pacific, June 4. Registration is available online. Researchers and industry members are invited to attend.

More information, including a timeline on the application and award process, are on the Center for Produce Safety website. July 1 is the deadline to notify the center of an intent to apply, and Aug. 20 is the final deadline for proposals.

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