Skip to content Skip to navigation

UGA Food Scientists Receive Grant to Build Organic Growers Toolbox

UGA Food Scientists Receive Grant to Build Organic Growers Toolbox

Dr. Abhinav Mishra, © Morning AgClips

Abhinav Mishra, associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology – as well as faculty member and graduate program coordinator in the online Master of Food Technology program – has received a $3.5 million grant, alongside his colleague, Govindaraj Dev Kumar, as part of their ongoing work in food safety.

Designed to assist organic producers in meeting both National Organic Program standards and food safety requirements, this grant will allow the two and their research groups to focus their efforts on investigating, creating, and implementing practical tools for organic growers across the nation.

In collaboration with researchers from the University of Rhode Island, University of California, Davis and the Organic Center, Mishra and Kumar will spend the next four years working to conduct surveys of soil amendments, determine contamination risk factors threatening food safety in Georgia, and develop a user-friendly risk-assessment and decision-making tool for organic soil amendments.

In his classes for the online Master of Food Technology program, Dr. Mishra and his students explore the different mechanisms of food contamination by pathogenic and spoilage bacteria and the challenges currently facing the U.S. as we attempt to mitigate food safety risks whilst encouraging the growth of organic production.

To learn more about Dr. Mishra’s grant project, visit this article on Morning AgClips, a daily source for local and national agricultural news.

Online Master of Food Technology

Offered online through the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the University of Georgia’s online Master of Food Technology will teach you how to maximize in-line processing efficiencies, improve food product quality and safety and implement good manufacturing practices in line with current regulations, food safety, and HAACP practices.

This fully online, non-thesis master’s provides working professionals the opportunity to learn from food industry experts and top food science and technology researchers such as Dr. Mishra.

Application Deadlines Approaching

To apply for the online Master of Food technology program, visit the program’s page on our website. Applications for the Summer semester close on May 1, 2024. Likewise, applications for the Fall semester close July 1, 2024, though applications received before April 2 will receive priority consideration.

Written by: