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)


 

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 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.

Save the Date: 2021 NECAFS Annual Conference and Meeting will be held virtually February 17-18, 2021.