Harden 'right at home'
Krysta Harden, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), visited the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) on Thursday, Nov. 21.
Harden met with University officials, distinguished alumni and students, took a tour of the UDairy Creamery and participated in a discussion with students on issues such as the need for Congress to pass a comprehensive food, farm and jobs bill to support a strong U.S. agricultural sector.
Using generic E. coli as an indicator of possible contamination, researchers at UD's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and institutions across the United States are using a $9 million USDA grant to look at new regulations for irrigation water and soil to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act. Students in CANR are using a plot of land on the campus farm to help study possible contaminants in soil and irrigation water used to grow leafy greens and tomatoes.