Researcher ensures food safety while helping farmers
Kendra Kaiser, watershed hydrologist and assistant research professor in Boise State’s Department of Geosciences, researches water resources management and land-use change.
“Under the Food Safety Modernization Act, irrigators have to test their water quality as close as possible to when they are about to harvest any produce that people will eat raw,” Kaiser said.
Farmers submit multiple water samples for testing at great expense. Kaiser wants to determine the variability of water quality along canals to see if farmers might be able to safely group their samples to save money. A United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant of over $100,000 through the Idaho State Department of Agriculture is supporting her research.