Safe Produce Indiana serves the state’s fruit and vegetable growers and consumers by promoting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  FoodSafety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Our primary concerns are public knowledge of the FSMA, compliance with the Produce Safety Rule as it begins to take effect and a general understanding of preventative approaches to food safety.


Portrait of Dr. Amanda Deering  
Dr. Amanda Deering​
Professor Amanda Deering obtained her BS in biology and MS in plant biology from Central Michigan University. She completed her PhD at Purdue University in food microbiology and food safety, specializing in plants and fresh produce. Her research focuses on examining internalization of human pathogenic bacteria in plants and on various routes of contamination that can contribute to plants harboring pathogenic bacteria. Deering is currently a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Food Science at Purdue.

Portrait of Mrs. Rhonda Taylor  
Mrs. Rhonda Taylor
Rhonda Taylor obtained her BS in Science from the Purdue University School of Agriculture, focusing on ecology and land management. She additionally obtaining an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Biotechnology. She joined the Purdue Department of Food Science in 2013 as Research Assistant and Food Safety Laboratory Manager. In 2017, she became the Food Science Outreach Extension Specialist and Food Processing Laboratory Manager. Her current job duties are to assist the Food Science Extension program as the point of contact for the fresh produce industry, ServSafe program, home-based vendors, food processing validation studies and food processing workshops.


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Scott Monroe
Scott Monroe has been involved in the Indiana produce Industry for several years. He grew up on a produce farm and worked as a grower. After earning AS, BS and MS degrees at Vincennes and Purdue universities (agriculture, horticultural science, and plant pathology, respectively), he worked as a consultant, an owner of a farm supply store, a director of research and development for a large vegetable farm and an assistant plant breeder for a vegetable seed company. Most recently, Monroe served as a Purdue Extension educator, conducting agriculture and natural resources programming in Daviess County. Since becoming a food safety educator in 2015, he has continued to conduct educational programming and applied research in produce food safety at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center near Vincennes.


Tari Gary is the Food Safety Outreach Coordinator at the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Prior to this role, Tari obtained her BS in food science from Purdue University in 2016 and subsequently worked as a food safety manager at a manufacturing facility until she joined ISDA in 2019. In her current role with ISDA, Tari leads outreach and promotional efforts for the SafeProduceIN program. Tari also assists with educational efforts by serving as a Produce Safety Alliance trainer and assisting with On-Farm Readiness Reviews.

Phone: 317-407-9802;   Email: tgary@isda.in.gov

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