All events will occur at the Commons Hotel. Click on the session titles for presentation descriptions and speaker bios.

 All Times Listed in Central Time & Subject to Change

Wednesday, May 3

8:00-8:30  Registration & Breakfast

8:30- 9:45  Welcome & Keynote

Amy Kircher- Director, Food Protection & Defense Institute

Keynote Address: Food Crime Matters - A UK perspective on serious dishonesty in food supply chains
Andy Morling- Head, UK National Food Crime Unit

9:45- 10:00  Break

10:00-10:45  Plenary Session: Genomics as a Countermeasure for Food DefenSe

Robert Hanner- Associate Professor, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, Department of Integrative Biology. University of Guelph

10:45- 11:30  Plenary Session: European Union initiatives to detect and prevent fraud in the food chain

Franz Ulberth- Head of Fraud Detection and Prevention Unit, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Belgium

11:30-12:30  Lunch

12:30-1:15  Plenary Session: Resources to Assist in the Prevention of Adulteration in the Spice Supply Chain

Cheryl Deem- Executive Director, American Spice Trade Association

1:15- 1:45  Food For Thought: No Farmers, No Food

Eric Sannerund- Founding Member of Center Minnesota Young Farmers Coalition

1:45-2:15  Break

2:15- 3:30  Breakout Session 1

Session 1.1- Food, Agriculture & Corporate Vulnerabilities

The Department of Homeland Security's Pre-Harvest Agroterrorism Risk Model (PHARM)
Scott White, Ph.D.- Bioterrorism/Integrated Terrorism Risk Assessment Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate

The Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment: Version 5.0 Updates
Carol Brevett- Principal Scientist Leidos

The Globalization of Vulnerability Assessment and FSMA's IA Rule
Gustavo Herman- Senior Manager Security International, The Hershey Company

Session 1.2- Identifying & Measuring Hazards Methods

The Latest Trends in Global Food Safety and Integrity Issues
Jordina Farrus Gubern- Development Manager of Knowledge Solutions, FERA Sciences, Ltd.

SafetySpect: A Multimode, Hyperspectral Imaging Approach to Food Safety and Defense  
Daniel Farkas- CEO & Chairman, Spectral Molecular Imaging Inc.

Screening and Specific Detection of Pathogens in One Hour
Minh-Phoung Bui- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, UMN

3:30- 4:00  Break & Exhibit Session

4:00-4:45  Plenary Session:

Speaker TBA

4:45-5:00  Rapid Fire Talks- Student Research

5:00  Closing Remarks

Amy Kircher- Director, Food Protection & Defense Institute

5:00- 7:00 Reception, Student Poster Session & Exhibit Session

Thursday, May 4


8:30-9:00  Opening REmarks

 John Larkin- Research Director, Food Protection & Defense Institute

9:00-10:30  PLenary Session & Panel Discussion: Intentional Adulteration Rule Requirements Clarified

Jon Woody- Policy Analyst Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff, FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Ryan Newkirk- Senior Advisor for Intentional Adulteration, FDA Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

Colin Barthel- Policy Analyst Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff, FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

10:30-11:00 Break & Exhibit Session

11:00-11:45  PLENARY SESSION: FSMA Intentional Adulteration of Food – Legal and Regulatory Considerations and Update

Tony Pavel- Senior Food Lawyer, Cargill

11:45-1:00  LUNCH & Exhibits

1:00- 2:15  BREAKOUT SESSION 2

Session 2.1- Cyber & Food Crime

Joel Sobart- Chief Technology Officer, Custodian Solutions

The Cyber Resilience Review, the Cyber Security Framework and some Real-World Data
Robert Vrtis- Senior Engineer, CERT Division, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Session 2.2- Growing the Food Defense Workplace Culture

Does Your Employee Tree have Bad Apples that Could Ripen into A Deliberate Adulteration (FD) Incident?
Judy Fadden-
Owner, Fadden Analytical Security Services

Arcchana Patil- Senior Manager Food Safety and Food Defense, The Hershey Company

USDA FSIS Food Defense and Recall Preparedness Scenario-Based Tabletop Exercise Tool
Bryan Norrington- Acting Director, USDA/FSIS Food Defense Assessment Staff


2:45-3:30  PLENARY SESSION: The Role of Consumer Advocates in Changing Food Policy: Lessons Learned from FSMA

Sandra Eskin- Director, Safe Food Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts

3:30-4:30  Food for Thought: 

Vipin Kumar- William Norris Professor and Head, Computer Science and Engineering Department, University of Minnesota


Amy Kircher- Director, Food Protection & Defense Institute

4:30- 6:00 RECEPTION & Networking Session