NECAFS Webinar Series

Hosted monthly, the NECAFS webinar series features a range of food safety topics aimed at sharing food safety information and increasing collaboration across the Northeast.  All webinars are open to the public, so please check the "upcoming events" section for updated webinar information.

Regional Food Safety Roundtable Webinar, Recorded October 14th, 2016

This webinar featured short presentations that provided an overview of food safety projects in the region.  The presenters quickly provided an overview of their projects, the needs and importance of those projects and their contact information so that others can get in touch with questions, resource sharing or other collaboration ideas.

Provided here is the full powerpoint presentaion from the webinar.  This highlights each of the food saftey project discussed.

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If you're interested in conecting with one of the presenters, here is a summary of their contact information:

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Food Hubs and Food Safety Webinar, Recorded November 18th, 2016

This webinar featured food hub presenters from across the region who discussed what actions they are taking to address food safety within their operations.  The presenters described their specific food hub operations, general food safety challenges, planned changes and successes.

Provided here is the full powerpoint presentaion from the webinar.

PDF icon Food Hubs and Food Safety Presentation

If you're interested in conecting with one of the presenters, here is a summary of their contact information:

PDF icon Contact Information for Webinar Presenters

NECAFS/NEASDA Annual Meeting Summary Webinar, Recorded February 24th, 2017

This webinar provided a summary of the joint NECAFS/NEASDA annual meeting held on Jan. 10th in Boston. The goals for the presentation were to:

  •     reinforced what was discussed for those in attendance;
  •     answer questions anyone had after taking time to reflect on the meeting;
  •     provided information to those there were not in attendance; and
  •     articulated action items coming out of the meeting.

 

NASDA National Consortium Meeting Summary Webinar, Recorded March 24th, 2017

This webinar featured a summary discussion of the recently held National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) National Consortium for Produce Safety Program Development Meeting. 

NASDA Provides Leadership Support

  • NASDA, through cooperative agreement with the FDA, provides support, tools and resources to state leadership related to the implementation of the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  NASDA plays a leadership role with the states, working to assist them in developing produce safety programs that meet the unique needs of each state, while remaining aligned and consistent nationally.


NASDA's National Consortium Meeting

  • The recently held NASDA National Consortium Meeting discussed information and approaches to a committed effort to food safety as state, federal, and educational collaborators work together to implement the Produce Safety Rule.  Regulatory officials from 42 grantee states and 5 additional states, FDA staff, and Extension and other partners participated in the meeting (200 total people) and shared information and best practices that may be applicable to different states and different regions.


Meeting Summary Webinar Information

  •  The NECAFS March webinar summarized the information discussed during the National Consortium Meeting.  Presenters included:

        Abbey Willard, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
        Cindy Martel, West Virginia Department of Agriculture
        Justine Beaulieu, University of Maryland
        Michael Botelho, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

 

Soil Summit Summary Webinar, Recorded May 4, 2017

Regional Food Safety Project Roundtable Webinar, Recorded May 19, 2017

This webinar featured food hub presenters from across the region who discussed what actions they are taking to address food safety within their operations.  The presenters described their specific food hub operations, general food safety challenges, planned changes and successes.

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Tailoring FSMA Education to the Plain Community, Recorded on June 9, 2017

This webinar featured a presentation and discussion on adapting educational programing, with the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training as a specific example, to meet the needs of the plain community. Amish and Mennonite produce farmers do not use the internet as source of farming information and they do not generally belong to formal farming organizations. Therefore, it is critical to develop personalized delivery methods to meet these educational needs.

Jeff Stoltzfus, Penn State Extension provided a background on the plain community in Pennsylvania and beyond. He further discussed the unique practices, preferences and learning styles of the community. Luke LaBorde, Penn State Extension discussed his USDA, Food Safety Outreach Program Grant “Development of an alternative FSMA compliant produce safety curriculum for plain sect and other smaller fresh produce growers” and presented on their proposed alternative modes of delivery for the PSA curriculum.

On-Farm Readiness Review Webinar, Recorded July 31, 2017

On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR) is a plan and tool-kit designed to be used by regulators and educators to prepare farmers for compliance with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.  This webinar featured a presentation and discussion from Wes Kline, Rutgers University, on the goals of OFRR, a summary of the on-farm pilot process of the program this summer with discussion on lessons learned, and more information on what to expect during final roll out.