Development of Planter and Harvester Equipment Training Materials for USDA-APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services

Mark Hanna and Darren Jarboe, Faculty and P&S, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering and Center for Crops Utilization Research
 

Situation
 
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) inspectors need training on how and where residual grain collects inside planting and harvest equipment, and safety aspects of checking equipment.  Additional stakeholders (e.g. customers, regulators, and producers) need information on the inspection techniques being used in order to develop confidence in the ability of systems to avoid commingling grain.
 
Objective
 
Develop written modules on planter and harvester equipment for USDA-APHIS BRS that demonstrate potential locations for cleaning residual grain from equipment and facilities.  Create a video on plot harvester sanitation that complements the combine clean-out video already available from ISU.
 
Activities/Output
 
Training Modules
Hanna, H.M. and D.H. Jarboe. 2004. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Harvest Equipment Inspection Training Module. USDA-APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services.
 
Hanna, H.M. and D.H. Jarboe. 2005. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Planter Equipment Inspection Training Module. USDA-APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services.
 
Training Video
Hanna, H.M., D.H. Jarboe, J. Anderson. 2005. Plot Harvester Clean-Out Procedures. USDA-APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services.
 
Grants
$47,246        Development of Plot Harvester Clean-Out Training Video. Mark Hanna, Darren Jarboe and Elaine Edwards. USDA-APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services. 2004.
 
$25,000        Development of Harvesting and Planting Equipment Training Manuals. Mark Hanna and Darren Jarboe. USDA-APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services. 2004.
 
Impact/Outcomes
 
        Two classes of 30 USDA-APHIS BRS inspectors were trained on machinery sanitation and safety using the written and video tools developed by ISU. 
 
        The materials will become part of larger effort to train Iowa producers in identity preserved grain production.
 
        The video Plot Harvester Clean-Out Procedures received a 2005 American Society for Agricultural Engineers Blue Ribbon Award in the educational aids competition.
 
        USDA-APHIS has contacted ISU about developing three more written modules on the topics of grain storage and materials handling, transport, and processing.  The project is expected to cost about $70,000.
 
 
2005
121 -- Adding value and Enhancing Agricultural Products

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