2022 NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting

Save the date and mark your calendar for this year's NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting. We plan to hold a virtual pre-conference session ahead of a full virtual conference. In addition to the Annual Conference, we are excited to work together with the Northeast produce safety regulators in helping to organize their one-day virtual working meeting the day prior to the NECAFS Conference.

Date and Location Details

Meeting Dates

    January 10th (Monday)

  •     Virtual NECAFS pre-conference meeting day

    January 18th (Tuesday)

  •     Virtual Northeast Produce Safety Regulator one-day meeting

    January 19th & 20th (Wednesday & Thursday)

  •     Virtual NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting

Meeting Location

All events will be fully virtual again in 2022.  We really hoped that we'd be together in-person in Connecticut, but with all the uncertainties surrounding COVID, we've decided that it's best to host a virtual meeting this year.

Meeting Structure

  •     NECAFS pre-conference meeting day (Virtual)

The virtual NECAFS pre-conference meeting day on January 10th will host state and project update presentations and breakout group session discussions. This meeting is intended to provide time to reconnect, give updates on activities over the past 12 months, and complete some work ahead of the virtual Conference and Meeting the following week. The content will NOT be repeated at the NECAFS Conference and Meeting. Everyone is welcome to join, even if you are not able to attend the NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting. We encourage all those planning to attend the virtual conference to also attend the virtual pre-conference meeting day.

  •     Northeast Produce Safety Regulator one-day meeting (Virtual)

The virtual Northeast Produce Safety Regulator one-day meeting on January 18th is an opportunity for regulators and program staff in the Northeast to come together to discuss topics related to the state produce safety programs across the region. The regulator working meeting is intended for Northeast produce safety regulators and program staff only.

  •     NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting (Virtual)

The virtual NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting on January 19th & 20th will build off of the work completed during the virtual pre-conference meeting day and will host parallel sessions on Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food. The meeting will also host discussions of produce safety research needs based on on-farm inspections and On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR) observational data. The NECAFS Conference is open to anyone from the food safety community who would like to attend.

Summary of 2021 NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting

The 2021 NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting was held jointly virtually, February 16th, 17th, & 18th, jointly with the Northeast Regulator One-Day Working Meeting. The agenda and meeting materials are provided below.

Full Conference Agenda

Combined Meeting Minutes

Material Provided at Conference
2020 Regional Summary of PSA Grower Training Pre- and Post-Test Results
2020 Food Safety Resource Clearinghouse User Analytics
List of Actively Funded Research Projects in the Northeast
Number of Trainings in the Northeast in 2020 (PSA Grower Training, FSPCA QI Trainings, OFRR)

 

Full Agenda with Slides
DateSessionMaterials
Feb. 16, 2021Regulator One Day MeetingWelcome and Introductory Remarks
  • Michael Botelho

Mandatory Farm Registration

  • State presentations
    • Delaware – Anna Wicks
    • Rhode Island – Ananda Fraser
    • Maryland – Deanna Baldwin
    • Connecticut – Resha Jacquier

Group Exercise and Break Outs on Topics where Guidance is Lacking

  • Farm Definition Presentation
    • New York – Aaron Finley
  • Q & A Farm definition – what are states doing while the farm definition is under review?
    • Facilitated by Ananda Fraser
  • Break out group discussions
    • Sales value determination
    • Unintended consequences

Program Standards

  • State Presentations to discuss the necessary flexibility needed to accommodate the differing authorities across the states and how those differences need to inform program standards
    • Maryland – Deanna Baldwin
    • New Jersey – Chris Kleinguenther
  • NASDA and AFDO presentation on program standards
    • NASDA – Jim Melvin
    • AFDO – Brenda Morris

Research and Education Needs

  • Review of compiled misunderstanding and deficiencies seen on farms
    • Maine, Leah Cook
  • Group discussion
    • How can communication be informed and improved to better facilitate all perspectives and flow of knowledge both education and research?
    • Facilitated by Leah Cook

Concurrent Meetings

  • Program Lead and PI Working Meeting
  • Program Staff Networking Discussion
Feb. 17, 2021Welcome and Plenary Session

Summary of next steps articulated at past Annual Meetings, NECAFS 2020 project outputs and collaboration exercises

  • Chris Callahan and Elizabeth Newbold, NECAFS (Slides)
 Produce Safety Workgroup MeetingWelcome and Review Group’s Previous Discussion
  • Recap of 2020 Produce Safety Workgroup discussion and NECAFS activities
  • Overview of Plan for this year’s Produce Safety Workgroup Meeting

Review of audit data from USDA

Report-out from regulator one-day working meeting, a consolidation of inspectional observations from across the region

  • Leah Cook, Maine Dept of Ag, Conservation and Forestry (Slides)

Break Outs Groups

  • Step 1. WHAT IS HAPPENING AND WHY? Emerging and reoccurring produce safety issues. Intent is to identify what is the issue, what does it look like, and why is it happening?

Break Out Groups

  • Step 2. WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT IT? Planning for collaborative improvement.  Intent is to develop action plans that help growers better respond to the specific issues identified.

Break Out Groups

  • Step 3. HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO? Establishing a communication and collaboration framework for research and education activities. Intent is to describe how we build something that will provide sustained engagement around the topics identified as key produce safety issues.
 Preventive Controls for Human Food Workgroup MeetingGeneral FSPCA Updates
  • Mellonie O'Neil, Rutgers University
FSPCA Curriculum Update
  • Martin Bucknavage, Penn State (Slides)

FDA Update: Overview and description of PC inspectional roll-out in the Northeast

PC Needs Assessment: Review of findings and gaps in data

  • Andrea Gilbert, University of Maryland (Slides)

Review of PC Sub-group Goals

  • Nicole RichardUniversity of RI (Slides)

Supgroup Updates

  • Awareness, Luke LaBorde, Penn State and Amanda Kinchla, UMass (Slides)
  • Evaluation, Nicole Richard, University of RI (Slides)
  • Resources, Beth Demmings, Cornell University and Annie Fitzgerald, University of Vermont - NECAFS (Slides)
Feb. 18, 2021Federal UpdatesFDA CFSAN Northeast Update
  • Adriana Jimenez Lopez, Produce Safety Network (Slides)
USDA Food Safety Research
  • Patricia Millner, USDA ARS

Session Video Recordings

Welcome and Plenary

Produce Safety Workgroup Morning Session

Produce Safety Workgroup Afternoon Session

Preventive Controls Workgroup Morning Session

Preventive Controls Workgroup Afternoon Session

Federal Updates

Produce Safety Workgroup Day 2

Preventive Controls Workgroup Day 2

Report Out and Closing Remarks

Summary of 2020 NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting

The 2020 NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting was held February 10-12 in Philadelphia, PA, jointly with the Northeast Region Produce Safety Workgroup.  The agenda and meeting materials are provided below.

Summary Report of 2020 Annual Conference and Meeting Evaluations

Full Conference Agenda

Combined Meeting Minutes

DateSessionMaterials
Feb. 11, 2020Breakfast and Welcome Remarks
  • Elizabeth Newbold, NECAFS
  • Luke LaBorde, Penn State
  • Nicole Martz, PA Department of Agriculture
  • Jeff Warner, Director for the Bureau of Food Safety, PA Department of Agriculture (Slides)
 Welcome and Plenary SessionSummary of next steps articulated at past Annual Meetings, NECAFS 2019 project outputs and collaboration exercises
  •  Chris Callahan and Elizabeth Newbold, NECAFS (Slides)
 Project Updates from the RegionSummary of projects across the region

Project specific presentations

  • Amanda Kinchla, UMass, “Risk assessment on DIY washing machines for post harvest leafy green drying” (Slides)
  • Robert Hadad, Cornell, “Educating Produce Growers & Workers in the Farm Food Safety Aspects of Efficient Reasonable Cleaning of Wash-Line Equipment” (Slides)
  • Kevin Cody, Tufts, “Preparing Diverse Beginning Farmers for Growth: New Entry Expands FSMA Training and On-Farm Technical Assistance Through Tiered FSMA Support Mechanisms that Don't Leave New/Beginning Farmers Behind” (Slides)
  • Robson Machado, University of Maine, “Info toons and video as delivery tools for food safety training” (Slides)
 Produce Safety Workgroup Meeting

Produce Safety Alliance Update

  • Gretchen Wall, Produce Safety Alliance, Cornell University (Slides)

Summary of On-Farm Readiness Review Evaluations

  • Meredith Melendez, Rutgers University (Slides)

Growers Perspective – OFRR and Farm Inspections

  • Andre Cantelmo, Heron Pond Farm (Slides)

Produce Safety Research Consortium

  • Socrates Trujillo & Marianne Solomotis, Food and Drug Administration (Slides)

Group Discussion

  • Chris Callahan, University of Vermont & Betsy Bihn, Cornell University (Slides)
 Preventive Controls for Human Food Workgroup Meeting

Needs Assessment Review and Summary Results

FDA Update

FSPCA Update

  • Bill Lachowsky, Rutgers University (Slides)

Supgroup Updates

  • Awareness, Luke LaBorde, Penn State (Slides)
  • Evaluation, Nicole Richard, University of RI (Slides)
  • Resources, Beth Demmings, Cornell University (Slides)
Feb. 12, 2020Federal Updates
  • Stephen Hughes, FDA Produce Safety Network (Slides)
  • Wendy Johnecheck and Erin Nagel, FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs (Slides)
  • NECAFS on behalf of Deirdra Chester, USDA FSOP (Slides)
  • Ellen Johnson, North Central Regional Center (Slides)
  • Keith Schneider, Southern Regional Center (Slides)
  • Stephanie Brown, Western Regional Center (Slides)
  • Josiah Griffin, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (Slides)
  • Chelsea Matzen, Local Food Safety Collaborative (Slides)
  • Jim Melvin, NASDA (Slides)
 Produce Safety Needs Assessment Workgroup Meeting

Summary of Local Food Safety Collaborative Needs Assessment Survey Report

  • Betsy Bihn & Laura Pineda-Bermudez, Cornell University (Slides)

NECAFS Food Safety Needs Assessment Systematic Review

  • Hannah Doyle, University of Vermont (Slides)
 Buyer Workgroup Meeting

Welcome and Introduction to Meeting and Review of 2019 Albany Meeting and Developing a Handbook of Produce Safety Standards for Buyers

  • Elizabeth Newbold, University of Vermont (Slides)

Vermont Produce Program: Buyer Outreach Initiative

  • Gina Clithero & Kristina Sweet, Vermont Agency of Agriculture (Slides) (Handout)

Development of State Implementation Matrix

  • Sedona Chavez, Center for Ag and Food Systems at Vermont Law School (Slides)

Session Video Recordings

Highlight Video

Welcome and Project Updates from the Region

Produce Safety Workgroup Meeting

Preventive Controls Workgroup Meeting

Needs Assessment Meeting

Buyer Meeting

Workgroup Outputs and Next Steps

Summary of 2019 NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting

The 2019 NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting was held February 4-6 in Albany, NY, jointly with the Northeast Region Produce Safety Workgroup.  The agenda and meeting materials are provided below.

FileSummary Report of 2019 Annual Conference and Meeting Evaluations

Overall Agenda

Combined Notes

Date / TimeSessionMaterials
February 4Welcome ReceptionNone
   
February 5Plenary

NECAFS Highlights, Look Ahead, and Meeting Expectations - C. Callahan

Slides

Notes

 State and Regional Updates

Summary of Regional State Updates (Report) - E. Newbold

Slides

Notes

  

Project Specific Presentations

Rhode Island - L. Pivarnik, S. McCormick, A. Fraser

National Young Farmers Coalition - C. Fraver - Slides

Cornell Cooperative Extention - B. Williams

Penn State Extention - M. Gorgo-Gourovitch

Notes (included in State and Regional Update notes)

 Produce Safety Workgroup

Joint Session Agenda

Notes

  

Regulatory Focus Agenda

Notes

  

Educational Focus Agenda

Notes

 Preventive Controls for Human Food Workgroup

Agenda

Slides

Notes

   
February 6Federal Updates

FDA Updates - S. Hughes

USDA AMS Updates - K. Peterson

USDA NIFA Updates - J. Williams

Notes

 Buyer Workgroup

Agenda

Notes

 Educational Approaches to Training Delivery

Agenda

Notes

 Summary of Workgroup Outputs and Next StepsNotes

 

Highlight Video

Summary of 2018 NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting

The 2018 NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting was held Jan. 23-25 in Baltimore, MD, held jointly with the Northeast Region Produce Safety Workgroup.  Agenda for the Conference and Meeting included:

Tuesday, January 23rd

  • Focused meeting day, in two parallel tracks, dedicated to:
    • Produce Safety, and
    • Preventive Controls for Human Food

Wednesday, January 24th

  • Joint conference session:
    • Keynote speaker
    • Updates from each state regulatory, research and extension
    • Three panel sessions featuring producers, processors and buyers. 

Wednesday Evening, January 24th 

  • Poster session that
    • Highlighted poster presentations on extension, education and outreach activities across the region

Thursday, January 25th

  • NECAFS Steering Team Meeting

Evaluation from 2018 Annual Conference and Meeting

Attendees at the 2018 NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting completed program evaluations.  This evaluation asked questions about the Annual Conference and Meeting as well as overall NECAFS programming.  Please download the full report here.

FileNECAFS Summary Evaluation Report

Video from 2018 Annual Conference and Meeting

Wednesday Joint Conference

One-on-one Interviews

"How to get training on FSMA"

"Grower Reflections on Food Safety"

"Food Processor Reflections on Food Safety"

Summary of 2017 NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting

The 2017 NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting was held January 10, 2017 in Boston, MA.  Below is a full summary report and presenations from the meeting.

PDF iconFull Report

PDF iconIntro and Agenda Presentation

PDF iconFDA Presentation

PDF iconMD and MA Presentation

PDF iconVT Presentation

 

NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting

Held annually, the NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting provides an opportunity for regional partners to connect in person to discuss current training, education and outreach trends and activities related to the FSMA associated Produce Safety Rule and the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule.