Educational Opportunities

2022 Food Safety & Sanitation Workshop Program / November 8-9, 2022

By Washington State University Extension

The Food Safety & Sanitation Workshop addresses basic sanitation as well as cutting edge issues related to food sanitation and food safety. Topics having broad interest are covered in the general sessions. There are more specific subjects discussed in small breakout sessions, with basic and advanced tracks available. For the full schedule, please see the program posted online.

Registration open now.  / $275-$300

2022 Virtual Dairy Sheep Symposium / November 9-10, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

By Dairy Sheep Association of North America

The Symposium will take place over two half-days: Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10 (both days 12 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern time / 9 am – 1:30 pm Pacific time).

The North American sheep dairy industry is a small but growing sector of the agricultural economy. The aim of DSANA’s yearly  symposium is to address topics of interest to all those who raise and milk dairy sheep, craft sheep’s milk cheeses, yogurt, or other sheep dairy products, or engage in dairy sheep research or product sales.

Topics to be covered by various speakers at this Symposium include:

  • Understanding somatic cell counts in dairy ewes
  • How milk quality impacts cheese yield
  • Raising dairy ewe lambs from breeding to 1 st freshening
  • Sheep’s milk gelato/frozen yogurt production
  • Drying off dairy ewes at the end of season
  • Parasite control in dairy sheep
  • Lifetime effects of heat stress on the unborn ewe lamb
  • Video farm tours will also be shown during the course of the symposium.

The Symposium is free to all DSANA members. Non-members may register for $75 and receive a free DSANA membership for one year.

Registration open now.  / $75 non-member; free to members. 

Business Resources
  • Local and Regional Food Systems Response to COVID : Webinar series on business topics relevant local food producers and organizations
  • Edible Alpha : Financial training and resources for making money in food.

  • NWIRC Northwest Innovation Resource Center : The NWIRC is a strategic partner for innovators – entrepreneurs and inventors – to help bring their ideas to life.

  • NABC Northwest Agriculture Business Center : NABC helps farmers establish new enterprises, and helps make existing businesses more profitable, by providing business feasibility, planning and implementation guidance, connections to markets and capital, and access to resources.

  • Small Business Administration/ SCORE mentorships : The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. SCORE volunteers work with the SBA to provide small business mentoring and training to entrepreneurs through SBA offices.

  • Specialty Food Association Learning Center: The SFA is a membership-based trade association founded in 1952 and currently representing 3,500+ businesses. The SFA vision is to “Shape the Future of Food.” Our members are specialty food artisans, purveyors, importers and entrepreneurs, as well as distributors, retailers, and others involved in the specialty food trade.

Farming Resources
Cheesemaking Resources
Nutrition Resources
Past Presentations

Nathan Stacey, “Popular Farming Concepts and their Link to Dairies.” Presented at WASCA Annual Member Meeting. January 21, 2022.

Courtney C. Johnson, “Introduction to Our 2021 USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant Award.” Presented at WASCA Annual Member Meeting. January 21, 2022.

Daniel Wing. “Educational Webinar on Food Safety and Testing for the Washington State Cheesemakers Association.” Presented in an online webinar. September 20, 2021.

Gigi Berardi, “Washington Cheese Challenges and Opportunities in Making and Selling Sustainable and Delicious Cheese. FoodWise Stories and Science: Cultivating Customers.” Presented at WASCA Annual Member Meeting. January 29, 2021.

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