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
- Iowa State University Extension
- Kansas State University Extension
- University of Missouri Extension
- Michigan State University
- North Dakota State University
- Ohio State University
- Purdue University
- South Dakota State University
- University of Illinois
- University of Minnesota
- University of Nebraska
- University of Wisconsin
Bi- Monthly Home Food Preservation e-newsletter
Subscribe on the University of Missouri Food Preservation website (Scroll down for the “Subscribe” link).
Garden-Robinson, Julie; West, Rebecca; Nwadike, Londa; Blakeslee, Karen; and Coleman, Shannon M. (2022). "Best practices for urban local food entrepreneurs and building regional Extension networks," Urban Food Systems Symposium.
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)
Consumer Food Safety
Home Food Preservation
Food Safety for Entrepreneurs
Watch the entire playlist or find the individual videos below.
Home Kitchen Basics Webinar on Home Kitchen Basics
Labeling Basics Webinar on Labeling Basics
Cleaning and Sanitizing Basics Webinar on Cleaning and Sanitizing Basic
(these three documents are all part of the same set, so the document links will take you to the same website where you can download each of them.)
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.
- Working Regionally: Getting Started (Part 1)
- Working Regionally: Getting Organized (Part 2)
- Working Regionally: Getting Together (Part 3)
Please provide your feedback to these videos and resources.
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
This work is supported by the Food Safety Outreach Program [grant no. 2021-70020-35732] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.