10th Annual Food Entrepreneur Conference

Alabama Extension’s Food Safety Team, in conjunction with the Auburn Food Safety Institute, is excited to invite you to the 10th Annual Food Entrepreneur Conference! The Conference will be held virtually beginning at 9:00 am on April 12th and April 13th, 2022.


By Christy Mendoza

Alabama Extension’s Food Safety Team, in conjunction with the Auburn Food Safety Institute, has an exciting line-up of speakers this year who are sure to be inspiring while giving practical advice to food businesses. Representatives of the Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama Extension, and successful entrepreneurs from throughout Alabama will be presenting. Mitzi Waldo and Phyllis Fenn, with the Alabama Department of Public Health, will provide a better understanding of food regulations. Dani Reams, with Alabama Extension, will discuss food testing and labeling services provided by the Extension lab. Jon Jacobson, with Alabama Extension, will share a user-friendly, hands-on, management tool for entrepreneurs. Featured speakers include Lynn Entrekin of Spices Smokehouse, the makers of Smokehouse Crackers, and Mike Prather, Director of Sales and Marketing at Flavor-Pic Tomato Company.

Alabama’s food entrepreneurs are positioned to capitalize on the nationwide trend to eat more locally sourced foods and locally produced products. With the state’s agricultural roots, food processing is a natural way to grow the state’s economy. Conference attendees will benefit from the knowledge and experience of presenters as well as having an opportunity to network with educators, regulators, and other entrepreneurs.

Pre-registration for the virtual two-day event is $50.

Visit the Food Entrepreneur Conference Facebook page for updates to the conference agenda at https://www.facebook.com/aufsifoodentrepreneurconference. The link for registration can be found at https://www.aces.edu/go/fec2022

For more information on the event, contact Christy Mendoza at cnm0012@auburn.edu or phone at 205-217-6495.

SOURCEThe Bibb Voice
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As the Bibb County Coordinator for Alabama Extension, Michelle Giddens coordinates the implementation of all Extension programs in Bibb County in many program areas. These program areas include 4-H and Youth Development, Animal Sciences, Food Safety and Quality, Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources, Human Nutrition, Diet and Health, Family and Child Development, Family Resource Management and Workforce Development, Commercial Horticulture, Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests, Farm and Agribusiness Management, and Community and Economic Development. Her experience includes with the eXtension Initiative at the University of Nebraska and with the eXtension Foundation; California State University, Fresno and Central Community College in Grand Island, NE. She currently serves on the board for Brierfield Fire and Rescue, a volunteer fire department serving Brierfield and Six Mile communities in Alabama