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
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