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  • Apprentice Farmer Program (Chatham, MI)

    Location:

    UPREC North Farm, E. 3774 University Drive, Chatham, MI  49816

    Description:

    The Apprentice Farmer Program is a farm incubator program that aims to serve as the launching point for individuals interested in starting their own farming enterprise. This two-year, residential program provides farming entrepreneurs with the necessary tools and assistance needed to ensure a solid start to their farming career.

    Land, equipment, tools, and mentorship are provided to qualified applicants so they can develop a business plan, establish accounts, build capital, and fine-tune skills. The apprentice farmers will grow alongside the talented North Farm staff and other apprentice farmers, sharing ideas, techniques, and labor.

  • Artisan Hands-On Basic Cheese Making Workshop (June 2017)

    Dates:

    June 21 - 21, 2017

     

    Location:

    MSU Dairy Plant, 1135 S. Anthony Hall, 474 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    Participants will learn about milk quality, ingredients, processes for making a variety of cheeses, techniques and requirements for aging cheese and planning to establish a farmstead or artisan cheese business. The heart of the workshop is the hands-on opportunity for participants to make a number of cheeses, that may include fresh lactic, Italian, Alpine, Dutch and American varieties from goat and cow milk. A cheese tasting, featuring locally produced cheeses, takes place Tuesday evening.

  • Cottage Food Law Workshops (April, May 2017)

    Dates:

    April 25, May 16, and May 23, 2017

    Location:

    • April 25, 2017: Wexford County Building, 401 N. Lake Street, Suite 400, Cadillac, MI 49601 (Kara Lynch, 989-317-4079, lynchka4@anr.msu.edu)
    • May 16, 2017: North Central Michigan College –Cheboygan Campus, 504 Division Street, Cheboygan, MI 49721 (Wendy Weiland, 231-348-1770)
    • May 23, 2017: Gogebic Community College Solin Center, Room B22 Ironwood, MI 49938 (Beth Waitrovich, 906-774-0363, waitrovi@anr.msu.edu)

    Description:

    This workshop combines the business and food safety aspects of preparing and selling cottage foods safely and successfully. Learn what foods can be legally produced, how to label and sell them. Cost of the workshop is $20.00 and includes a certificate that states participant has taken food safety training related to Michigan Cottage Foods.

  • Farm to Early Child Care Mini Webinar Series: Sprouting Healthy Eaters (2016 - 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the schedule at the website below

    Location:

    Online webinars

    Description:

    The 2016-2017 Farm to ECE Mini-Webinar Series is a series of 12 webinars that will cover various topics in Farm to ECE. Webinars will be 15 minutes of presented material with time for questions and answers following.

  • Food Aid Packaging Solutions Workshop Series (May 2017)

    Dates:

    May 23 - 24, 2017

    Location:

    MSU School of Packaging, 448 Wilson Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    Gathering key food aid stakeholders to discuss the status of food aid commodity packaging, challenges, new technological advances, potential solutions, and identify next steps in optimizing food aid packaging. The workshop should result in a report outlining specific steps to address current challenges using readily available technologies (2017), as well as research and innovation opportunities within the next three years (2017-2020).

  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Online Courses (2017 - 2018)

    Dates:

    • May 15 - June 30, 2017: Foreign Verification Supplier Program
    • August 30 - December 15, 2017: Preventive Controls for Human Food
    • August 29 - October 12, 2018: Produce Safety

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Three (3) Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”) courses are offered. Each course is based on a specific FSMA Final Rule. The courses will run every other year. The courses are presented completely online, using MSU’s Desire2Learn (D2L) course management system. These courses may be taken for graduate college credit under FSC 890, Sections 731, 732, and 733.  The objectives of these courses are to familiarize the students with the history, development, workings, and application of the Food Safety Modernization Act through three major administrative rules. These courses provide food industry and regulatory professionals with a legal perspective on the FDA FSMA Rules and are not Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) certified training courses. Topics to be covered include the history, law, policy, and legal application of the FSMA Rules. 

  • FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course (June 2017)

    Dates:

    June 7 - 9, 2017.  8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

    Location:

    St. Clair County Administration Building 200 Grand River, Ave, Port Huron, MI 48060

    Description:

    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires every processing facility falling under the regulation to have at least one "Preventive Controls Qualified Individual" to help develop and implement the required Food Safety Plan. The Food Safety and Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) has developed this 3-day course which is recognized by FDA. Individuals completing the course will have covered the material needed to meet the requirements. The course will be taught by the MSU HACCP team and supervised by instructors that have completed the FSPCA Lead instructor training.  Concepts covered in the course include:

    • The basics of the Food Safety Plan using preventive controls
    • Good Manufacturing Practices and Other Prerequisite Programs
    • Biological, Chemical, Physical & Economically Motivated Food Safety Hazards
    • Hazard Analysis Determination
    • Process, Allergen, Sanitation, and Supply-chain Preventive Controls
    • Verification and Validation Procedures
    • Record-keeping Procedures
    • Recall plan
    • Resources for Preparing Food Safety Plans

    Space is limited to 25 participants. Cost: $600 per person or $550 per person for two or more people attending from the same organization.

  • Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo (December 2016)

    Dates:

    December 5 - 7, 2017

    Location:

    DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI.

    Description:

    The Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo is one of the premier trade shows of its kind. There are over 450 exhibitors with displays of everything needed to grow, harvest, and pack fruit and vegetables, as well as an area featuring companies with products and services for farm marketers. Over 75 educational sessions and workshops are offered on such topics as organic production, integrated pest management, and water use issues. Past activities have included a banquet, a reception, a pageant, a showcase, and a full-day bakery workshop. All three days will include educational programming that can be used for education credits and certification.

  • Grower Produce Safety Course (April 2017)

    Dates:

    Various dates in March and April 2017.  Please see the website below.

    Location:

    • Hart - March 16, 2017 - Hart United Methodist Church, 3808 S. State Street, Hart, MI 49420
    • Kent - April 3, 2017 - Kent County MSU Extension, 775 Ball Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    • Traverse City -  April 4, 2017 - MSU Northwest Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684
    • Marquette - April 6, 2017 - Marquette Township Hall, 1000 Commerce Drive, Marquette, MI 49855

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension will host the Food and Drug Administration-authorized Produce Safety Alliance Grower Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) certification course at various locations. The following required modules will be offered:

    • Introduction to Produce Safety
    • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
    • Soil Amendments
    • Wildlife, Domestic Animals, and Land Use
    • Agricultural Water
    • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
    • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
  • How to Start a Successful Cottage Food Business (Spring/Summer 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website below.

    Location:

    Variety of locations throughout Michigan

    Description:

    This workshop combines the business and food safety aspects of preparing and selling cottage foods safely and successfully. Learn what foods can be legally produced, how to label and sell them. MSU Extension will be working with the MSU Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources to cover the business aspects of the Cottage Food Law. Cost of the workshop is $20.00 and includes a certificate that states participant has taken food safety training related to Michigan Cottage Foods. This workshop will be taught by MSU Extension Food Safety and MSU Product Center Educators.

  • International Short Course: Food Safety (July 2017)

    Dates:

    July 15 - 22, 2017.  Application deadline: June 15, 2017

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    This week-long International Short Course in Food Safety. The course focuses on food safety policy development, risk analysis, and program implementation. The course provides hands-on training and experience in various aspects of food safety in both public and private sector settings. Components of the course include:

    • Food systems, food safety, and international food trade
    • Regulatory and policy issues in food safety
    • Microbial and chemical hazards
    • Food safety issues with biotechnology products
    • Risk assessment, management, and communication
    • Food preservation including irradiation
    • Antibiotic resistance
    • Hazard detection system
    • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles and practice
    • Information and training resources in food safety
    • Field visits to food and meat processing sites in Michigan
  • Making It In Michigan Annual Conference and Trade Show (November 2017)

    Dates:

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Location:

    Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI, 48933.

    Description:

    Conference attendees will leave the conference equipped with the practical knowledge and industry resources needed to move an idea from the concept stage to a finished and marketable product. Attendees will be able to corroborate and refine business ideas, connecting with industry experts offering insights and tips on managing the common hurdles often encountered by food companies, including food safety, production, working with co-packers, marketing and supply chain issues.  

  • Michigan Seafood Summit (May 2017)

    Dates:

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    Location:

    • Conference: Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
    • Banquet: The Atheneum, 1000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226

    Description:

    The Michigan Seafood Summit highlights aquaculture, commercial fisheries, and local seafood. The 2017 event will be held in conjunction with 60th Annual Conference of the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR). It will consist of two main sessions and a special Michigan seafood dinner prepared by acclaimed chefs from The Atheneum.

  • Online Master of Jurisprudence in Global Food Law

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Global Food Law program at Michigan State University College of Law is an entirely online program designed to provide both attorneys and food industry professionals with the skills necessary to succeed in a dynamic global marketplace. Our unique curriculum helps facilitate communications between scientists, lawyers, and everyone in between. Through the M.J. program, food industry professionals who do not have law degrees gain exposure to legal topics and an understanding of common legal and regulatory issues. The Global Food Law program consists of a flexible menu of courses taught by legal professionals and industry leaders. Students in the Global Food Law program benefit from the close alignment between the Law College and MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, which co-sponsors an International Food Law Internet Certificate Program with the University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

  • Pasture-Based Cheese Open House at the Kellogg Biological Station (August 2017)

    Dates:

    August 1, 2017.  4 pm - 8 pm

    Location:

    Kellogg Farm & Dairy Center, 10461 N. 40th Street, Hickory Corners, MI 49060.  Enter to park on N. 39th St., one block west of the intersection at N. 40th St. and East B Ave.

    Description:

    The W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) will host a pasture-based cheese open house. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the cheese-making process and sample KBS dairy’s pasture-based cheese along with other cheeses from the MSU Dairy Store.

  • School of Packaging Seminar:Overview and Challenges in Safety Assessment of Food Packaging & Materials (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 18, 2017.  3:00 pm

    Location:

    Participants may attend via Webinar or at the Ternes Outreach Center, Room 120 Packaging Building, Wilson Rd, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The safety standard for food packaging materials is the same now as it was at the inception of the Food Contact Notification program: “reasonable certainty in the minds of competent scientists that a substance is not harmful under the intended conditions of use” (21 CFR 170.3(i)).  However, with advances in analytical methods and toxicological and biological testing, our challenge is to incorporate the best and most relevant science into an assessment to support the safety of a new product. The purpose of this presentation by Dr. Jason Aungst, Division of Food Contact Notifications, Office of Food Additive Safety, FDA, is to provide an overview of the Food Contact Notification program and the safety assessment process for food packaging materials, including an update on new guidance, current projects, and future challenges.

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