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Local Food Production Training

Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Building Conference Room
Prairie View A&M Campus
Prairie View, Texas - June 2, 2016

Online Registration

9:30 a.m. Registration

9:45 a.m. Welcome Dr. Nelson Daniels / Dr. Diane Boellstorff

10:00 a.m. Cottage Food Laws - Julie Prouse, B.S., RS, CP-FS, Extension Assistant, Food Protection Management.

Julie Prouse is an Extension Assistant with the Food Protection Management program (FPM) at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Development. Additionally, she is a Registered Sanitarian with the state of Texas. Julie’s job responsibilities include working with the county FCS agents to schedule and implement the FPM program at the county level, maintaining course schedules on the FPM website, maintaining databases of participants, handling receipt and deposit registration fees, conducting FPM and Food Handlers classes as needed, and co-instructing agent FPM trainings.

11:00 a.m. Food Safety for the Retail Market – Dr. Larry Sean Payton, Corporate Director of Quality Assurance.

Larry is Director of Quality Assurance for Tokyo Gardens Catering, LLC.  He is an Adjunct Instructor, Culinary Arts at San Jacinto College, teaching Food Safety, Sanitation and Safety, Hospitality Supervision, and Food and Beverage Cost Control.  He is certified in International Seafood HACCP Alliance Training, Serve-Safe Certified, International HACCP Alliance Meat HACCP Training and is a Certified Quality Auditor for the American Society of Quality. In his employment history, he has served as Food Safety Manager as well as Product Quality Specialist for HEB Grocery Company.  His professional affiliations include Conference for Food Protection, Houston Public Media Board of Directors, Texas Environmental Health Association, and the International Association for Food Protection

12:00 a.m. - Lunch (provided)

12:00 p.m. Local Food Production Funding Opportunities - Dr. Nelson Daniels, Program Specialist, Agriculture Natural Resources Cooperative Extension Service Program, Prairie View A&M University.

Dr. Nelson Daniels is an employee with the Cooperative Extension Program at Prairie View A&M University. He has over 24 years of Extension experience and currently serves as a Program Specialist for Agriculture & Natural Resources where his work focuses on farm financial management and the sustainability of the small family farm.  Prior to his current position, he held both programmatic and administrative positions at Prairie View A&M University.  He also held Extension agent positions, both with Prairie View A&M University and with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. He has been an adjunct instructor at Houston Community College in the Departments of Agricultural Sciences and Horticulture.  He also worked as an economist for the US Agency for International Development in Sri Lanka. Nelson has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Prairie View A&M University.  He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University.  His program interests are in the areas of sustainable agriculture, agricultural diversification, the survival of small family farms and leadership development in rural communities.  He enjoys working one-on-one with small scale, beginning and limited resource agricultural producers.  He also has a passion for multicultural education, human resource development and youth leadership development. Nelson loves agriculture, the great outdoors and people.  He finds no greater joy than spending time with family and friends.

1:00 p.m. – “To Wash or Not-Small Farm Egg Production - Dr. Craig Coufal, Dr. Craig Coufal, Associate Poultry Department Head for Extension & Extension Program Leader.

Craig’s research area focus is on egg sanitation, poultry husbandry, poultry waste and litter management and air emissions.  Dr. Coufal will discuss food safety laws in relation to egg production and how to minimize losses in small farm egg production.  

2:00 p.m. – The Importance of Knowing Irrigation Water Quality – Diane Boellstorff, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Water Resource Specialist – College Station, Texas

As associate professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Water Resource Specialist, Diane’s primary areas of focus are developing educational and applied research programs involving water resource management, including groundwater and private water well protection, water conservation, water quality, and watershed protection planning.  Outreach includes developing and delivering educational programs involving supporting source water protection for residents using private water wells for irrigation and domestic purposes, residential water conservation and facilitation of community-driven watershed planning efforts.

For more information and to register, visit sare.tamu.edu, or contact John W. Smith, Extension Program Specialist at 979-845-2761 or johnwsmith@tamu.edu.  Registration closes May 30.

Directions from our host Dr. Nelson Daniels:

The meeting will be held at the

Carden-Waller Cooperative Extension Building in the Conference Room.

It is located at the corner of LW Minor and EM Norris on the campus of PVAMU

The building is #9 on the campus map.  It can be found at:



From US 290 take the PVAMU exit.
Travel on College Ave until you come to the 1st Stop Sign (Coleman Library will be directly in front of you.) Turn right on LW Minor At the next stop sign, the Carden-Waller Extension Building will be directly in front of you.

We look forward to seeing you at the training.

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