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"Bridging the GAPS: Approaches to Treating Water On Farms" Curriculum Available as Flipping Book

“Bridging the GAPS: Approaches to Treating Water on Farms” - a curriculum designed to help producers understand and address the regulatory requirements for ag water treatment in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) - has been reissued in a flipping book format by the Extension Foundation.

Preventing foodborne illness and protecting public health are critically important to producers. Sanitary irrigation water is also mandated by the USDA; producers are required to monitor, treat, and verify compliance. This curriculum, developed by a multi-state, interdisciplinary team of public and private sector experts, focuses on helping producers accomplish key goals, including:

  • Understanding the regulatory requirements for ag water treatment in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA);
  • Finding the right water treatment system for their farm;
  • Developing standard operating procedures; and
  • Ensuring that the proper system is implemented correctly.

The project team included John Buchanan, Barbara Chamberlin, Travis Chapin, Faith Critzer, Michelle Danyluk, Laurel Dunn, Chris Gunter, Alexis Hamilton, Lynette Johnston, Troy Peters, Channah Rock, Laura Strawn, and Annette Wszelaki. Drs. Gunter and Johnston coordinated the publication.

The project was supported by a grant from the New Technologies in Agricultural Extension (NTAE) program. The team was supported in their work by the Extension Foundation.

Additional titles have recently become available in the Extension Foundation library on topics such as DEI, Oklahoma State’s master irrigator program, creating mass media campaigns, game-based education, wellness in “tough times,” innovating curriculum, prescribed fire, emergency preparation and response, understanding food labels, and building farm and farm family resilience. You can find the entire library of publications here.

A note about our Publications:

After listening to the feedback of our Cooperative Extension partners, the new Publication bookshelf serves as a replacement for our old eFieldbook library. We greatly value and appreciate the feedback we received, including eliminating a LinkedIn login to access titles on the bookshelf. All titles are publicly available on our Connect Extension platform. Titles that were on our former eFieldbook bookshelf are in the process of being migrated.

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This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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