Rasco’s research interests involves the development of analytical methods to predict the safety and quality of food products. A current research area utilizes non-destructive spectrophotometric (short wavelength near infrared) measurements to develop chemometric models to predict the quality and safety of food products, primarily aquatic food products.
Jang is an experienced food scientist in the area of food safety. He conducts basic and applied research on alternative food processing technologies to develop value-added products using local agricultural commodities. He provides evidence-based educational information related to value-added processing and consumer food safety on home food preservation, sanitation, food handling, food recalls and warnings.
Rebecca comes to UI Extension with over 11 years of extension experience with previous roles in 4-H (Oregon State University Extension) and 4-H/Family & Consumer Sciences (Utah State University Extension). Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science/ag business and master’s degree in agricultural education. She looks forward to helping Idaho produce growers meet the challenges related to the Produce Safety Rule and the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Ariel leads and facilitates collaborative, multidisciplinary and multifaceted applied research and education in community food systems and small farms for a six-county area which includes Payette, Gem, Canyon, Ada, Owyhee and Elmore.
DePhelps’ education and outreach experience includes: community food systems; small farms; organizational development, strategic planning and facilitation. She advocates for and uses community-based, participatory approaches to education and research to develop timely, relevant and impactful programs.