USDA Food Safety & Outreach Program

National Project Directors' Meeting

May 31-June 1, 2023

Tampa, FL


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.


Select the preferred day below to see speaker presentation slides from that day.

PDF Session Name Speaker Organization
PDF Welcome and Overview Keith Schneider University of Florida, LRCC
PDF CONTACT Grant Update Alexis Hamilton Virginia Tech
PDF Evaluation Update Matt Benge University of Florida
PDF Updates from USDA-NIFA Jodi Williams USDA-NIFA
Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety
Session Moderator: Elizabeth Newbold
PDF Regional Center Update – NECAFS Elizabeth Newbold University of Vermont
PDF Program (SCPP) – The Development of an Education Sanitation Program for Small Processors Amanda Kinchla University of Massachusetts
PDF Expanding the Capacity of Community-based Produce Safety Educators to Serve Hard-to-reach Farmers in the Mid-atlantic Lindsay Gilmour &
Aleya Fraser
Organic Planet LLC
PDF Jumpstart to Farm Food Safety – Farm Food Safety Planning for Small and Medium-sized Farms Rob Machado University of Maine
PDF Engaging Qualified Exempt SMPs to Comply with FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food Annie Fitzgerald University of Vermont
PDF Summarizing and Extending Information from Existing Produce Safety Research Anna Loewald University of Vermont
PDF Understanding and Addressing Needs for On-farm Produce Safety Education in Hydroponics and Aquaponics Christopher Callahan University of Vermont
Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety
Session Moderator: Stephanie Brown
PDF Regional Center Update – WRCEFS Stephanie Brown Oregon State University
PDF Hybrid Training for Quality Assurance and Food Safety Programs Designed for Small-scale Food Processors and Distributors Erin DiCaprio University of California at Davis
PDF Enhancing Food Safety Capacity of Western Elderberry Producers: Best Practices for Harvest and Processing Erin DiCaprio University of California at Davis
PDF Increasing Accessibility of Food Safety Resources to Tribal Growers in Arizona to Advance Resilience of Native Nations Shujuan (Lucy) Li University of Arizona
North Central Region
Session Moderator: Ellen Johnsen
PDF Regional Center Update – NCR Ellen Johnsen Iowa State University
PDF Food Safety Training for Small Businesses Engaged in Canning Kantha Channaiah University of Missouri
PDF Customizing Current Good Manufacturing Practices Training and Education for Small and Very Small Food Facilities across the U.S. Byron Chaves University of Nebraska
PDF Development of a Community Culinary Incubator to Improve Food Safety and Value-added Opportunities for Small Farmers, Producers, Processors, and Potential Entrepreneurs Cindy Borgwordt Lincoln University
PDF Assisting Small and Medium-sized Farmers Through Cross-state Collaboration Billy McCarthy National Farmers Union/Local Food Safety Collaborative
PDF Water Quality and the FSMA PSR: Developing Risk Assessment and Educational Tools for Farmers and Laboratories in the Upper Midwest Phil Tocco Michigan State University
PDF Implementation of Food Safety and Quality Principles to Address Critical Issues in the Development of Food Safety Practices Shannon Coleman Iowa State University
PDF Strengthening FSMA Agricultural Water Outreach and Education for Produce Growers in Kansas and Missouri Londa Nwadike
Kansas State University and University of Missouri
PDF Breakout Sessions (Group Summary Report)
PDF Session Name Speaker Organization
PDF Welcome and Overview Keith Schneider University of Florida
Updates from Associations
PDF Produce Safety Alliance Yulie Meneses PSA
PDF Local Food Safety Collaborative Billy McCarthy LFSC
PDF Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance Jason Wan FSPCA
Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative Will Seely
Southern Center for FSMA Training
Session Moderator: Michelle Danyluk
PDF Regional Center Update – Southern Center Michelle Danyluk University of Florida
PDF Enhancing Food Safety Outreach to Underrepresented Communities Through Food Microbiology and Soil Amendments Related Hands-on Workshops Armitra Davis-Jackson Alabama A&M University
PDF Development and Implementation of Innovative Food Safety Training Tools for the Production and Distribution of Microgreens Kristen Gibson University of Arkansas
PDF Increasing Accessibility of Food Safety Education Through Remote Learning Opportunities Taylor O’Bannon University of Florida
PDF Developing an Engaging Produce Safety Add-On Training for Soilless Growing Operations Camila Rodriguez Auburn University
PDF Building a Food Safety Training Program to Empower Disadvantaged Producers in Alabama Millicent Braxton &
Camila Rodriguez
Alabama Cooperative Extension System/Auburn University
PDF Hands-on Food Safety and Regulatory Training for Members of Shared-use Commercial Kitchens in Florida Imran Ahmad Florida International University
PDF Immersive Food Safety Training to Support Technical Assistance for Small and Mid-sized Farmers Juliana M. Ruzante
RTI International

Program & Abstracts

FSOP 2023 Program Book & Abstracts (PDF)

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.)

Program & Abstracts (PDF)


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