The USDA National Food Safety Outreach Program (FSOP) invites you to participate in the 2023 National Project Directors' Meeting. Over the two-day program, the Lead Regional Coordination Center (LRCC) and four regional centers (Southern (SC), North Central (NC), Northeast (NECAFS), and the Western (WC) will host FSOP grant awardees from around the country, both virtually and in person, as they discuss their accomplishments and success stories.
Despite being a hybrid meeting of virtual and in person, we hope that you will benefit from this meeting and enjoy hearing about all the incredible work performed around the country by so many dedicated food safety educators. We hope that you join us!
This work is supported in part by USDA NIFA grant no. 2018-70020-28930 and 2021-70020-35740. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Program & Abstracts
The full detailed agenda and abstract compilation with full author recognition can be found in the Program & Abstracts (PDF). Hint: Use your browser's FIND function within the PDF to locate specific authors or abstracts. (Abstract Compilation starts on page 17.)
Select the preferred day below to see a summary of the schedule for that day.
Welcome and Overview
Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety
AM Break with Refreshments
Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety
North Central Region
PM Break with Refreshments
Poster Session and Reception
Welcome and Association Updates
Southern Center for FSMA Training
Southern Center for FSMA Training
Boxed Lunch Provided
What does the in-person registration include?
In-person registration provides participation in the meeting, a printed program and abstract book, light morning, mid-morning, and afternoon refreshments, a served lunch and a poster session social (Wednesday), and light morning refreshments with a boxed lunch (Thursday).
The deadline to cancel is Monday, May 8th
What does virtual attendance include?
Virtual registration provides access to the live-stream of the presentations, participation in Q&A via chat, and the program and abstract book PDF. Please note that virtual participation does not include streaming of the breaks, lunch, breakouts , or Poster Session.
The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 30th
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Browse below for some helpful information about transportation to and from the meeting.
Tampa International Airport (TPA)
7 minutes | 3.5 miles
St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport (PIE)
21 minutes | 14.7 miles
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)
1 hour | 53.6 miles
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
1 hour 30 minutes | 90.8 miles
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