Focus on Food Policy and Protection

About Focus On...

The 2017 Focus on Food Systems Policy and Protection program will explore the interconnections of politics, culture, economics and consumer influences around food systems policy and look at the challenges inherent in assuring food safety and preventing intentional contamination of food while assuring that everyone has access to affordable and nutritious food.  Courses and forums will focus on the critical thinking, leadership skills and behavioral competencies needed to work effectively in the realm of food policy and protection. 


  • How governments create legislation, develop regulations and implement programs and assure compliance at the local, state and national levels.
  • The multiple factors that shape the food system
  • Implications of governance on food security and supply chains
  • The dynamics and drivers of food trade and food systems sustainability
  • How governments and non-governmental organizations and the private sector work to international standards and the implication of these on global food systems and the food trade
  • Opportunities and issues at each state of the agriculture/food system from input suppliers to primary production, harvesting, processing/manufacturing, supply chains, retail, food service and consumer preferences

Who Should Attend

  • Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and upper level undergraduates
  • Faculty and Educators
  • Minnesota legislative staff and government agency officials
  • Producer and Industry professionals


Program will be available for both Professional Development and Graduate academic credit. 

  • Professional Development
    Registration Fee  $1,365.00
  • Academic Credit
    Students taking the program for academic credit must register for both of the following courses:
    Food Governance, Policy and Regulation, PVS 5882, and  Food Safety and Defense in the Context of Global Food Security, PubH 7200-103

Food Systems Leadership Certificate

Food systems encompass all processes and policies around food from farm to fork. Commodity organizations, food companies, and government agencies want employees whose disciplinary expertise is matched by a broad understanding of food systems and critical skills for working in interdisciplinary teams dealing with complex challenges. 

The Food Systems Leadership Certificate was designed to give participants the broad food systems understanding that employers want. Three week-long intensive sessions focusing on the production, policy and protection of food make up the certificate. Courses will be taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the School of Public Health. 

Completing the certificate program with a cohort of working professionals and graduate students from other disciplines will increase your career  opportunities, and expand your network among potential employers, campus faculty and grad students. 

Food Systems Leadership Certificate FAQ's

  • Focus on Food Production, August 28-September 1, 2017
  • Focus on Food Systems Leadership, January 8-12, 2018
  • Focus on Food Policy & Protection, May 21-25, 2018 

Focus on Food Policy and Protection

May 21-25, 2018

Professional Development
Academic Credit

Contact us:
Sarah Summerbell