Dr. Eduardo Gutierrez Rodriguez has over 20 years of research, extension and business experience in food safety focusing on fresh produce and minimally processed food environments. He has worked with the food industry in Latin America and the U.S supporting FSMA training in fresh produce, preventive controls for human food and the foreign supplier verification regulations.
Listed below are collaborators who are available to help with understanding the Produce Safety Rule, and respond to your produce safety questions.
Martha Sullins is an Extension Specialist in Agriculture, Business Management and Food Systems and a Produce Safety Rule Lead Trainer. She conducts workshops in Good Agricultural Practices, creates resources and materials to help Colorado growers increase their produce safety knowledge, and is on the food safety committee for the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.
Beth LaShell is an Instructor in Agriculture and Biology as well as the farm coordinator at the Old Fort, at Fort Lewis College. She is a Produce Safety Rule Lead Trainer in Southwest Colorado.
Dr. Michael Bartolo manages the Arkansas Valley Agricultural Experiment Station and is a research scientist with CSU. He specializes in fruit and vegetable production practices and has experience in farm food safety planning.
Adrian Card serves as the CSU Extension Agent in Agriculture and Natural Resources in Boulder County since 2004, where his work focuses on cropping systems, food systems, specialty crop production and marketing, public ag education, beginning farmer development through the Colorado Building Farmers program, ag community development, economic development, and organizational development support for the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.
Amy Lentz is the Horticulture and Agriculture Extension Agent in Weld County, CO and has previous research experience with fruit and vegetable production in the Midwest. She is a Produce Safety Alliance trainer.
Michele Ritchie is a Produce Safety Rule Trainer and is a member of the statewide team offering the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings and On-Farm Readiness Reviews. She is certified in Implementing Good Agricultural Practices: A Key to Produce Safety and has been trained and works as a volunteer Wildlife Master. Michele also collaborates with Extension colleagues, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and industry professionals to offer agricultural risk and business management education to farmers in Colorado.
Harrison Topp is the Director of Membership for the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and the manager of Topp Fruits in Paonia, CO. He’s certified as a Produce Safety Rule trainer by the Produce Safety Alliance and reinforces the content with his own on-farm experience.