NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting

Held annually, the NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting provideds 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.

The 2020 NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting will be held February 10-12, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA at the Marriott Downtown.

Meeting Details

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File Produce Safety Workgroup Agenda

File Preventive Controls Workgroup Agenda

File Buyer Workgroup Agenda

File Needs Assessment Workgroup Agenda

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
(guest entrance at 1200 Filbert Street)
Philadelphia, PA 19107


If you booked a hotel room through the registration page, a reservation has been made in your name at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.


If you will be requesting travel costs reimbursement through NECAFS, here are the PDF icon necessary forms that need to be completed.  Please note: for travel meals, please hold on to both itemized and proof of payment food receipts.  We will be reimbursing actual food costs and not by per diem.  So, please, hold on to all food receipts.


You have several travel options between the Philadelphia Airport and the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel.  They include:

- Train: The SEPTA Airport Line Regional Rail runs every 30 minutes.  The Philadelphia Marriott Hotel stop is Jefferson Station (between 10th and 12th streets).

- Taxi/Uber/Lyft

If you have any questions at all, please email Elizabeth Newbold, NECAFS.

We are excited to kick off this year's Conference and Meeting with a welcome reception and gathering on Monday night, providing the opportunity to reconnect with regional colleagues before the programming portion of the conference. Tuesday will feature a joint session in the morning including updates on each state's regulatory, research and extension activities and focused meetings in the afternoon dedicated to Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food in two parallel tracks. There will also be a poster session immediately following the Tuesday conference where anyone is invited to present a poster, either one from a former conference or something new. Wednesday morning will feature federal updates from the FDA and USDA, a Buyer focused meeting and Educational Needs Assessment, in parallel tracks and the joint conference afternoon session will include reporting out from the working meetings, next steps, and looking forward to 2020.

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.

File Summary Report of 2019 Annual Conference and Meeting Evaluations

Overall Agenda

Combined Notes

Date / Time Session Materials
February 4 Welcome Reception None
February 5 Plenary

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



  State and Regional Updates

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




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



Regulatory Focus Agenda



Educational Focus Agenda


  Preventive Controls for Human Food Workgroup




February 6 Federal Updates

FDA Updates - S. Hughes

USDA AMS Updates - K. Peterson

USDA NIFA Updates - J. Williams


  Buyer Workgroup



  Educational Approaches to Training Delivery



  Summary of Workgroup Outputs and Next Steps Notes


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.

File NECAFS 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 icon Full Report

PDF icon Intro and Agenda Presentation

PDF icon FDA Presentation

PDF icon MD and MA Presentation

PDF icon VT Presentation