Pheasant to focus on consulting
Susan Pheasant helped develop the GRAS2P program for the Washington State Horticultural Association.
After working at the Washington State Horticultural Association to help develop and launch its Growers Response to Agricultural Safe and Sustainable Practices (GRAS2P) program, Susan Pheasant is returning to consulting work with Pheasant Projects, Inc.
Most recently, she served as the GRAS2P program director. With tree fruit industry support and input, and more than $350,000 in grant funds, she guided the development of the program, along with a guidance manual and accompanying tools, to help growers prepare for food safety audits, particularly GlobalGAP and USDA GAP. Pheasant was also the Hort Association’s liaison for the food safety harmonization effort initiated by United Fresh.
According to Pheasant, the Hort Association board felt that the program had reached a point where staffing could be downsized and for-profit food-safety entities would step in to support implementation and marketing efforts. Bruce Grim, executive director of the association, was unavailable for comment.
Pheasant previously was executive director of the International Fruit Tree Association.
Through her own consulting business, Pheasant will continue to help provide growers with educational programs and tools, with emphasis on food safety, risk management, and orchard business innovations that contribute to good agricultural practices and long-term economic viability.
This fall, Pheasant and business partner Mauricio Frias of Chile, led a tree fruit tour to northern Italy focusing on high density orchards and mechanization. Upcoming tours will take place in Washington/Oregon, Chile/Argentina, and South Africa.