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There is a lot to report since last month.  Here are the highlights:

Additional details are provided below. 

AnMeetingSave the Date: NECAFS Annual Meeting, January 10th & 11th, Boston, MA
The first NECAFS annual meeting will be held in partnership with Northeastern  Association of State Departments of Agriculture in Boston, MA in January 10th & 11th, 2017. Registration, meeting, and lodging details coming soon.

January 10th will be a dedicated conference day.  This conference portion will provide an opportunity for sharing and learning among NECAFS partners related to their work promoting food safety in the region.   Registration, travel and lodging support is available through NECAFS for regional partners.  The conference is open to anyone (inside or out of the NECAFS region) that wishes to attend.  

January 11th will be a dedicated meeting day.  This meeting portion  is an opportunity for groups to gather for focused discussion and planning around regional projects.  NECAF's will hold a steering team meeting focused on network development and strategic planning and provide an opportunity for direct involvement, dialog, feedback and networking among our regional partners.
FoodHubFood Hubs and Food Safety Featured in November Webinar
Join the November Webinar on Friday, November, 18th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm to hear from Food Hubs across the region talk about general food safety challenges, planned changes and successes in their operations.

This discussion will generally include the presenter Food Hubs' perspective on FSMA, how their facility is impacted with the Produce Rule and/or the Preventive Controls Rule, what their facility is doing to prepare, what challenges they see in regards to food safety compliance, what have been some successfully implemented food safety practices, what are ways that extension and other outreach collaborators can better serve as a partner with Food Hubs as well as other food safety topics.  There will be plenty of time for questions.    

Register and Add Webinar to your calendar. Please share, this webinar is open to all with interest. 
CalendarPost Your Event to the NECAFS Public Calendar
The NECAFS website is continuing to grow.  We have added a public calendar that is open for posting of upcoming workshops, webinars, meetings, events, etc. by any of our collaborators across the region.  We hope that this calendar will be used extensively and serve as a resource for all stakeholder groups as a way to learn about upcoming programming as well as a way to spread the word. 

How to post?  It's easy.   All you have to do is send a meeting invite to  
This can be an invite from iCalendar, Outlook, or Google Calendar.

Please remember that this is a public calendar, so only include information in the invite that you would like to be made public.  For example, if registration is required for an event, provide the link for registration rather than the location information to insure your attendees are registering for the event.
SPGPAre you Planning to Submit a Special Projects Food Safety Outreach and/or Education Grant? 
Reminder: Proposals in response to the Special Projects Grant Program RFP are due on or before 11/15/2016 in a single PDF to  Visit the NECAFS website for complete information on the Special Projects Grant Program.

There is no pre-proposal process for this grant program.  However, if you are planning to respond to the RFP please send an email to simply stating that you plan to submit a proposal.  While this is not required, it will be very helpful in preparation as our grant review team and materials are being prepared to evaluate the proposal submissions.
WebinarView Recorded Regional Food Safety Project Roundtable October Webinar
Did you miss the Regional Food Safety Roundtable October webinar?  No problem.  A recording of the webinar, the powerpoint presentation, and presenter contact information are all available on the NECAFS website.  This roundtable webinar featured short presentations that provided an overview of food safety projects in the region.  Each presenter provided an overview of the project, its importance and how people can get in touch with you about it.
USDAUSDA-NIFA announces the Food Safety Outreach Program Grant Awards
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded on October 19th its Food Safety Outreach Program grants for food safety education, training and technical assistance projects for producers who are impacted by the new food safety guidelines established by the FDA under FSMA. The grants will assist owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, small fresh fruit and vegetable wholesalers, food hubs, farmers markets and others.  For the complete press release and list of awards, visit the USDA-NIFA website.

Congratulations to the awardees in the Northeast Region:
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, Inc.
  • University of Vermont
  • West Virginia State University Research and Development Corp
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Pennsylvania State University-State Park
  • Third Sector New England, Inc.
  • University of Maryland
TrainingFinancial Support available for PSA and FSPCA Training Costs
NECAFS will support the development of Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Trainers and Lead Trainers and Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Lead Instructors in the region with up to $1000 in reimbursement for registration and travel expenses. The process is simple and we hope this makes the training more accessible for everyone.  Visit the  NECAFS website  for complete information on the Training Support Stipend Program.
Looking for more information on upcoming Produce Safety and Preventive Controls trainings?

Produce Safety - The PSA maintains a website with information on training requirements and a list of available courses and more information on becoming a PSA Trainer or PSA Lead Trainer.  Visit the PSA website for upcoming course information.

Preventive Controls - The FSPCA maintains a website with information on training requirements and a list of available Qualified Individual courses and more information on becoming a Lead Instructor.  Visit the Institute for Food Safety and Health's website for upcoming course information
ConnectedStay in Touch
Just a reminder that there are a number of ways to stay in touch with NECAFS and each other.

- Please forward this to your colleagues.  If someone has not received this directly, they should subscribe to the NECAFS eNewsletter list to ensure future delivery. We plan to use this eNewsletter as a regular way to "push" news and information out to the region.

Listserv - A Listserv has also been established to foster more direct conversation among the regional group and to allow you all to "pull" information from each other. Please also consider  subscribing to the NECAFS Listserv. Send an email to Leave the subject line blank. The only content of the email should be "sub NECAFS {enter your name here and delete the brackets}". To send an email to the listserv distribution list once subscribed, use
Thanks for your continued interest in NECAFS as we develop the necessary foundation for future collaboration. If you have specific questions or feedback please email

Elizabeth Newbold (UVM)
Chris Callahan (UVM)
Betsy Bihn (Cornell)
Amanda Kinchla (UMass)
Luke LaBorde (Penn State)
Chris Walsh (UMD)
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