Online Education

    Webinar Series

    Brought to you by ACS and the American Cheese Education Foundation

    Our ongoing ACS Webinar Series offers educational sessions available exclusively to ACS members at no charge. The online format of the webinars makes it easy and convenient to “attend” from the comfort of your home or office. Look for information about upcoming webinars here throughout the year, and find archived webinars below.

    Best Practices in Hiring and Firing Employees

    Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017
    11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MST
    FREE for ACS members

    For any business, seeking answers to HR questions can seem daunting. We have heard from our members that this information is vital to their business operations, and in response to this, we’re pleased to announce the next free ACS member webinar: Best Practices in Hiring and Firing Employees.

    When applying for jobs, applicants are covered by a variety of federal and state laws, including Title VII (discrimination), the ADA (disability), and the ADEA (age), among many others. Prospective applicants may bring failure-to-hire claims based on race, age, disability, gender, and others as well. In addition, most states have their own anti-discrimination and other laws that concern hiring. Similarly, terminating employees can also be risky, with numerous issues to consider.

    In this session, renowned labor and employment lawyer Rick Alaniz will cover the key recommendations for hiring and firing employees.

    Register now!

    Marketing it In America: Guiding Cheese from Farm to Plate
    Recording now available!

    The American Marketing Association describes marketing as “… the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.” For artisan cheesemakers, this boils down to a basic strategy for getting cheese in people’s mouths.  Jasper Hill’s Zoe Brickley explores the typical supply chain pathways, and the opportunities and challenges of different approaches to navigating them. She’ll also talk margins, promotions, staffing and budgets, distributors, wholesalers, and direct to consumer outlets. Get the link (and member password) to watch the recording!

    Watch Archived Webinars:

    ACS offers online education to its members at no cost throughout the year in the form of educational webinars. Members may view archived, recorded webinars by clicking here and entering their login credentials.

    Please note that most archived webinars require a password for viewing. The password may be found here, along with links to each webinar.

    • Marketing It In America: Guiding Cheese from Farm to Plate (November 30, 2016)
    • Sodium Reduction: FDA’s Voluntary Initiative (October 11, 2016)
    • Pressure Cooker Confidence…for Presenters! (June 15, 2016)
    • From Grass to Vat: The Impact of Feed on Milk Quality and Components (May 27, 2016)
    • From Passive Listener to Active Participant: Increasing Audience Engagement (May 16, 2016)
    • Online Content Strategy: The Time for Change is Now! (March 30, 2016)
    • A Soulful Slice of Cheese History (February 29, 2016)
    • FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food: Exemptions, Requirements & Deadlines for Very Small Businesses (January 26, 2016)
    • Make the Most of Your Member Benefits! (Part 1 & Part 2, October 2015)
    • Cleaning & Sanitation (May 5, 2015)
    • Navigating Third Party Audits (April 30, 2015)
    • Spring Into the 2015 ACS Judging & Competition (March 10, 2015)
    • So, You Want to Open a Cheese Shop? (February 25, 2015)
    • Effective Communication, Handling, and Traceability (February 10, 2015)
    • Agritourism Opportunities for the Modern Farmer (March 25, 2014)
    • Food Safety for Farmers Market Vendors (May 21, 2013)
    • ACS Judging & Competition Tutorial (April 3, 2013)
    • Understanding the Joint FDA/Health Canada Assessment of the Risk of Listeriosis from Soft-Ripened Cheese (March 12, 2013)
    • Surviving a Recall (February 13, 2013)
    • Cheese & Social Media: Likes, Retweets, and +1 (July 17, 2012)
    • Retailer Best Practices: Virtual Roundtable (February 15, 2012)
    • Storage Temperatures Necessary to Maintain Cheese Safety (February 1, 2012)
    • Risk Reduction in Cheesemaker Facilities (February 7, 2011)
    • Preparing a HACCP Plan (February 25, 2011)
    • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Product Liability (March 8, 2011)