North Central Food Safety Extension Network (NCFSEN)

NCFSEN logo with jars of canned food and a map of the Midwest

 

 

 

     

 

   

two jars of salsa            the pressure reading on a pressure cooker             jars of dehydrated vegetables and fruits             jars of preserved vegetables

The North Central Food Safety Extension Network (NCFSEN) began with representatives from several states in the North Central Region in 2016 during a meeting convened by Extension program leaders held in Chicago, IL. Since that time, the network has grown to include representatives from all 12 states in the region.

This website provides resource links to the affiliated states, an impact statement, a link to the regional food preservation e-newsletter subscription, outreach materials and journal articles published by the group. 

North Central Region Food Preservation Resources

Impacts  

The 2020 Impact Report for NCFSEN
 

Bi- Monthly Home Food Preservation e-newsletter

Subscribe on the University of Missouri Food Preservation website (Scroll down for the “Subscribe” link).

Past home food preservation newsletter issues

Journal Articles

Organizing Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Groups Around a Common Topic: Lessons Learned and Best Practices (Journal of the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, Volume 16, 2021, page 93)

Measuring the Regional Impact of Extension Home Food Preservation Education Using Standardized Evaluation Tools (Journal of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) 

Publications

Canner Dial Gauge Testing report

Jar It Right!   

Put a Lid On It 

Food Safety Best Practices for Local Food Entrepreneurs
          Spanish Version- Mejores Prácticas de Inocuidad Alimentaria para Emprendedores Locales de la Industria de Alimentos

This 3-publication “Working Regionally” set of Extension publications provides information about forming and sustaining a food safety regional group based on published research conducted by the regional group.

  1. Working Regionally: Getting Started (Part 1) 
  2. Working Regionally: Getting Organized (Part 2)
  3. Working Regionally:  Getting Together (Part 3)

Presentations

Responding to Consumers During a Pandemic:  Food Safety and Program Delivery -  Partnership for Food Safety Education Conference, 2021

Regional Teamwork and Best Practices - National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2021

Tools of the Trade: Regional Food Preservation Evaluation Using Standardized Evaluation Tools:  Phase 2 Process and Results, National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2020

Safe Produce for Food Pantries: Regional Impact in Food Safety Education, International Association for Food Protection, 2020 virtual Conference

Enhanced Food Safety Program Impact Using a Regional Approach to Program Evaluation - Presentation National Food Safety Outreach Conference, 2019

 

jars of salsa with someone attaching a lid           ladling jelly into a jar            judges at the state fair, surrounded by jelly           glass jars of pickle relish       four jars in a water bath

 

 

This work is supported by the Food Safety Outreach Program [grant no. 2021-70020-35732] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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