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Conference Provided Opportunities to Learn, Present, Connect and Celebrate

Epsilon Sigma Phi - Pi Chapter
MEWS Report
Kathy Brandt, Extension Educator, Food Safety
December 21, 2017

Thank you to Epsilon Sigma Phi-Pi Chapter and the MEWS Committee for the financial support I received to attend the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) Annual Session, October 16 – 19, 2017, Omaha, Nebraska. The conference provided many professional development opportunities focused on the theme “Harvesting Opportunities in NEAFCS.”

Highlights included attending the ‘Farm to Table’ in-depth session where I learned about local entrepreneurs building businesses around locally grown food for both personal and community growth; serving as a Minnesota Affiliate voting delegate and being part of active decision making on the national level; and receiving the 1st place national food safety award along with my colleague, Suzanne Driessen. Our award was given for the Safe Food Sampling at Farmers Markets program that we developed and implemented to meet the educational need for the 2014 Minnesota safe food sampling legislation. As national award recipients, Suzanne and I presented a concurrent session to more than 75 Extension professionals. Presenting to a group of peers is always a learning and humbling experience; I always learn more than anyone attending does. This conference enriches and builds my professional network, which is benefit to the work I do and the audiences I serve.

L to R: Theresa Mayhew, Kathy Brandt, Suzanne Driessen
2017 NEAFCS Awards Ceremony


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