Estimating on-farm food loss at the field level: A methodology and applied case study on a North Carolina farm

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2017: $219,971.00
Projected End Date: 09/30/2020
Grant Recipient: North Carolina State University
Region: Southern
State: North Carolina
Principal Investigator:
Rebecca Dunning
North Carolina State University Horticulture
This paper describes a practical methodology for the field-measurement of on farm losses of fruits and vegetables to produce accurate estimates on on-farm produce loss. Resulting data from use of the methodology on six vegetable crops harvested in 13 fields of a 121-hectare North Carolina vegetable farm is presented as a case study.
Peer-reviewed Journal Article
Lisa Johnson, NCSU
Rebecca Dunning, NCSU
Dara Bloom, NCSU
Chris Gunter, NCSU
Michael Boyette, NCSU
Nancy Creamer, NCSU
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers
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 SARE.