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Arkansas Association for Food Protection and American Society for Microbiology
Annual Educational Conference
Thursday, Sept. 11-Friday, Sept. 12-Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
Chancellor Hotel
70 N. East Ave.
Fayetteville, Ark.

Sign up here for the conference: $40 for AAFP members, $65 for non-members

Exploration of Emerging Issues in Food Safety

We are proud to announce the Arkansas Association for Food Protection and American Society for Microbiology are co-hosting the Annual Educational Conference, which will help us to continue to provide one of the top regional conferences in the United States.  The conference will again be at the Chancellor Hotel conference facilities on the beautiful downtown Fayetteville square.

Please mark Sept. 11-13 (Thursday to Saturday) as the dates for our Annual Educational Conference.  AAFP will focus upon presentations Thursday and Friday, while ASM focuses on presentations on Friday and Saturday. Attendees can participate in both ASM and AAFP presentations with the single admission charge.

The South Central Branch of the American Society for Microbiology was founded in 1947. The branch includes microbiologists from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Over 700 microbiologists and medical scientists at universities, hospitals, and research institutes in the three states of the branch are members of the ASM. The yearly meetings of the branch are highly successful and play an essential role as a forum for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and young faculty members to experience scientific meetings at the regional level.

Those who attend the joint conference are going to reap the benefits of the following:

  • ASM’s nationally acclaimed speakers
  • AAFP’s Global Corporations and Commercial aspect of research.
  • AAFP and ASM provide academic and research experts that cover organisms that affect all aspects of life.
  • ASM’s career fair element at the conference bridges any interested industry. Job seekers can search for jobs and connect with registered employers.  Employers can search a resume/cv database and connect with great candidates
AAFP and ASM will provide scientific presentations of diverse applications from consumer use, medical, food production, environmental, veterinary sciences, etc.


As a premier farm-to-fork region with some of the world’s largest companies in food safety, AAFP has the obligation to explore and provide cutting edge research about emerging pathogen and adulterant issues. The Arkansas chapter of AAFP is rare in that we have the world’s largest retailer/grocer, the largest meat company, and leading distribution/refrigerated transport companies headquartered within our state. We have an impressive and diverse group of food processors, produce, poultry, and livestock growers located around the state ranging from produce, fruit, prepared meals, canned foods, frozen foods, juices, wine, meat, sliced meats, etc. We have nationally prominent schools of agriculture and business, as well as the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s nationally recognized Center for Food Safety to support Arkansas’ farm to fork supply chain.   

The South Central Branch of ASM includes microbiologists over 700 microbiologists and medical scientists at universities, hospitals, and research institutes in from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is the largest single life science society, composed of over 39,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.

AAFP 2014 Tentative Agenda (ASM subjects to be added soon)


1 p.m.  – Welcome address
Brian Umberson, President of Arkansas AAFP
Introductory remarks: Speaker: Michael Sostrin, Walmart – Produce Merchandising, Bentonville, AR

Mini-Symposia: Emerging issues in Fresh Produce
 – Kristen Gibson

1:10 p.m. – Speaker: Michael Hensley, Harrod & Hensley Tomato Co., Hermitage, AR. Tomato production and potential food safety concerns.

1:45 p.m. – Speaker: Ryan Cherry, Windset Farms, Delta, BC. Food Safety Concerns related to Greenhouse Production of Fresh Produce.

2:20 p.m. – Speaker: TBD

2:55 p.m. – Break and poster viewing 

Moderator – Kristen Gibson

3:10 p.m. – Speaker: Tara Shasteen, JB Hunt, Lowell, AR. Logistic and Transportation Considerations for Ensuring the Safety of Fresh Produce.

3:45 p.m. – Speaker: Trevor Suslow, University of California, Davis, CA. Fresh produce storage/packaging and the role in food safety.

4:15 p.m. – Panel discussion and roundtable

4:30 p.m. – AAFP business meeting and student poster awards

6:00 p.m. – Social networking and dinner on your own


8 a.m. – Welcome address: Jim M. Rankin, Univ. of Arkansas Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development.

Mini-Symposia: Egg food microbiology and safety
 – Michael T. Kidd, Dept. Head, Center for Poultry Excellence, University of Arkansas 

8:15 a.m. - Speaker: Deanna Jones, Research Food Technologist, ARS- USDA, Egg Safety and Quality Research Unit, Athens, GA. Unlocking the Mystery of Hen Housing and Egg Safety

8:45 a.m. – Speaker: Doug Korver, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Laying Hen Immunity and Control of Food-borne Illness 

9:15 a.m. – –Speaker: Steven Ricke, Center for Food Safety, University of Arkansas, Salmonella and Microbial Contamination in Egg Production and Processing
9:45 a.m. – Break and poster review time

Mini-Symposia: Pet Food Safety
– Carl J Knueven, Director – Research and Development and Laboratory Services
Jones-Hamilton Co., Waldridge, OH.
10:15 a.m. – Speaker: John Dickerson - Manager North American Pet Food Technology, Cargill Animal Nutrition. Pet Food Safety, an Industry Perspective
10:45 a.m. – Speaker: Griffiths G. Atungulu, University of Arkansas, Engineering Effective Strategies for Control and Detoxification of Mycotoxins

11:15 a.m. – Speaker: Greg Aldrich, Grain Science & Industry, Kansas State University, Strategies for Eliminating Salmonella in Pet Foods and Animal Feeds: A Preliminary Report.

11:45 a.m. – Lunch (On your own)
Mini-Symposia: Preharvest food safety – current and future perspectives
– Gregory R. Siragusa, Sr. Principal Scientist-Microbiology, DuPont Nutrition & Health, Waukesha, WI  

1:15 p.m. – Speaker: Todd Callaway, ARS-USDA, College Station TX. Preharvest Interventions in Ruminants and Swine
1:45 p.m. – Speaker: Doug Smith, Diamond V, Preharvest Interventions for Poultry

2: 15 p.m. – Speaker: Rebecca Lochmann, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Beneficial Effects of a Dairy/Yeast Prebiotic on Production Efficiency of Aquatic Species

2:45 p.m. – Break and poster review time

Mini-Symposia: Emerging issues in food safety and sustainability
– Tim Johnson, University of Minnesota.

3:15 p.m. – Speaker: Dennis J. Colley, Fibre Box Association President. Sustainability in Packaging

3:45 p.m. – Speaker: Greg Thoma, Bates Teaching Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas. On the Potential Application of Life Cycle Assessment in Food Safety Assessment

4:15 p.m – Speaker: Frank Yiannis, Vice President – Food Safety, Walmart. To be determined

4:45 p.m. – Round table discussion

5:00 p.m. - Adjourn

VENUE - The Chancellor Hotel

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The Chancellor Hotel offers spacious, modern accommodations and impeccable service, as well as a variety of thoughtful amenities that set us apart from other upscale hotels in Fayetteville.  The Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville is near Walmart headquarters and other major businesses in Bentonville, Rogers and Fayetteville.

The Chancellor Hotel offers stylish new group accommodations and hotel meeting and event space in a convenient downtown Fayetteville location. For those planning a social or business event, our beautifully appointed ballroom and meeting rooms are the perfect environment for chic celebrations and business events alike.

With 14,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting and event space, The Chancellor Hotel is the premier event venue in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Our Eureka Springs Ballroom offers 4,800 square feet of elegant event space ideal for Fayetteville weddings, business conferences and other important events, and our five other event rooms are perfect for smaller soirees, breakout sessions and board meetings.

Click here to see our conference room floor plans.

During your stay at The Chancellor, enjoy a leisurely swim in our indoor/outdoor swimming pool, work out in our state-of-the-art fitness facility, get down to business in our business center equipped with both Macs and PCs, or relax with a glass of wine or a cocktail at 6494 Bistro, our restaurant and lounge.


The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport has an assortment of direct flights.

Maps and directions to get to and from the airport.

Map and directions to the conference venue/hotel. 

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