Monday, August 31, 2009

Seminar presentation by Dr. Peter Kareiva of The Nature Conservancy

On Tuesday, 9  a.m., September 8, 2009, Dr. Peter Kareiva, Chief Scientist and Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy, will present, The Work of The Nature Conservancy and the role for University-TNC Partnerships” at the Kellogg Center Auditorium, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Dr. Peter Kareiva moved to TNC after 20 years as a university professor and three years working on salmon conservation for NOAA Fisheries. His past publications and research have concerned such diverse fields as mathematical biology, fisheries science, insect ecology, risk analysis, genetically engineered organisms, agricultural ecology, population viability analysis, behavioral ecology, landscape ecology, and global climate change. For publications and more details:

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Global Agricultural Trade System Database

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently launched an enhanced U.S. foreign agricultural trade searchable database called the Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).  The GATS database, which replaces the current U.S. trade data system, will provide users with U.S. agricultural data not previously available from FAS, including U.S. Customs District trade data, monthly and annual trade data going back to 1967, and U.S. state export data. Users will also be able to use GATS to produce charts and graphs. GATS may be accessed at  and includes an on-line user help manual.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Emerging Issues in Food Litigation Webinar

On September 30, 2009, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) will present a three hour webinar that explores emerging issues in food litigation, with a special focus on issues related to outbreaks and recalls. Participants will learn about recent developments in:

 •            Food safety legislation and its impact on food litigation

•             Criminal implications when outbreaks and recalls occur

•             Crisis management during outbreaks and recalls  

More information is available here.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Making it in Michigan Conference

The MSU Product Center presents, the "Making it in Michigan Conference" on November 11, 2009, at the Lansing Center. The conference for food entrepreneurs and includes a great speciality food show. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dr. P. Vincent Hegarty Lecture on International Food Law

A streaming video presentation from the Michigan State University's International Short Course on Food Safety, July 27, 2009. Dr. Hegarty is Professor and Director Emeritus, Institute of Food Laws and Regulations, College of Agriculture and Natural resources, Michigan State University.

Lecture: Harnessing Science and Technology for Africa’s Development

New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD): Harnessing Science and Technology for Africa’s Development by Prof. Diran Makinde and Prof. Aggrey Ambali, NEPAD Office of Science and Technology.

Friday, August 21, 2009, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., Room 201 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Hosted by MSU African Studies Center in Collaboration with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR).

HACCP Development and Implementation Training at MSU Aug. 24-26

The Food Science HACCP team at MSU invites you to attend a 24 contact hr. HACCP certification August 24-26, 2009. The workshop will cover the basic considerations for developing HACCP plans. The class will be in room 1320 Anthony Hall on the MSU campus. Attached please find a Brochure with map and parking information. More information is available from Dr. Alden M. Booren, Professor & Extension Specialist, Departments of Food Science & Human, Nutrition, and Animal Science, Phone (517)355-8452/Ext. 205; e-mail:

Monday, August 17, 2009

IFLR Mentioned in Food Productivity Today The IFLR online international food law courses start on either August 31 or Jan 11 and last 12 to 15 weeks.

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