Online Education

    Conference Recorded Sessions

    Recorded sessions from the 2015 and 2016 ACS Conferences are available through ACS Education On-Demand. Session recordings are available as a complimentary attendee benefit. If you did not attend the ACS Conference, you may purchase session recordings.

    *2015 & 2016 Conference Attendees: Log in to access your complimentary session recordings using your personal credentials, which were emailed to you from [email protected]

    Webinar Series

    Brought to you by ACS and the American Cheese Education Foundation.

    Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Webinars:

    Three-Part Labeling & Crisis Preparedness Series

    Issues with labeling, FSMA compliance, and crisis management/recalls can wreak havoc on a business. Understanding these issues and the resources available to you can give you the knowledge and confidence to grow your business. Join us for this special three-part member webinar series from The Food Law Firm and learn more about these topics, so that your business, and your customers, can thrive!

    (1) Food Product Labeling
    Presented by Attorney Jason Foscolo of The Food Law Firm
    Tuesday, June 6 at 12:00 PM MT

    (2) Crisis Preparedness and Recall Procedures for Cheese Producers
    Presented by Dr. Michele Pfannenstiel of Dirigo Food Safety and Jason Foscolo of The Food Law Firm
    Friday, July 7 at 12:00 PM MT

    (3) Crisis Preparedness and Recall Procedures for Wholesalers, Retailers, and Retailers Who Wholesale
    Presented by Dr. Michele Pfannenstiel of Dirigo Food Safety and Jason Foscolo of The Food Law Firm
    Friday, August 11 at 12:00 PM MT

    Also Coming Soon:

    What You Need to Know About the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)
    Presented by Michael and Charlie Kalish of Food Safety Guides
    August 2017 – Date To Be Announced

    Phage 101
    Presented by Robin Peterson of PhageGuard
    Wednesday, September at 12:00 PM MT

    Spotlight on Technology: Using Lucid Chart for Creating Flow Diagrams
    Presented by Michael and Charlie Kalish of Food Safety Guides
    Friday, October 6 at 12:00 PM MT

    Watch Our Latest Member Webinar Recordings!

    Members can view recorded webinars with a password that can be found here (top of page).

    All in the Family

    Part of the romantic story of working in cheese includes being in the family business. From cheesemakers to distributors and wholesalers to retailers, our industry is full of family relationships – for better or worse! One question John and I get on a regular basis is, “How do you work every day with your spouse?” The truth is, we love it and we chose to do it. That being said, we’ve learned a lot of strategies over the years to keep us sane – both in the business and at home. I’ve also reached out to a handful of other families in the cheese industry to glean insight into what keeps their business (and their relationships) thriving. Find out what I learned from all sides of the coin – a married couple, a parent/”child”, and siblings about what these folks from various sectors of our industry do to stay sane, productive, and passionate about their work, all with the ultimate goal of loving what they do and the continuing to do it…as a family.

    Food Product Labeling with Jason Foscolo

    Food product labels are the most regulated spaces in the food industry. Yet with an hour or so of guidance, a food business leader can be empowered to create a label that includes all of the critical components. Join attorney Jason Foscolo of The Food Law Firm for this informative webinar, available free to ACS members. The presentation slides are designed as a handy, condensed reference guide, and will be distributed to all program participants. The slides will include links to FDA labeling resources as well as specific citations to applicable labeling regulations.

    Using The Safe Cheesemaking Hub

    Take a guided tour of the Safe Cheesemaking Hub, the compendium of food safety resources selected and organized to help cheesemakers, and retailers, easily find the information they need to make sure cheese gets safely into consumers’ hands. Sarah Spira, ACS Content Manager, will walk members through the variety of resources available on the site, with tips and tricks for finding information. This webinar will also cover the retailers’ toolkit, and study materials for the ACS CCP® Exam. Come prepared with questions and suggestions for this new site!

    How DO You Sell Your Cheese? A Cheesemaker Roundtable

    Cheesemaker Jodi Ohlsen Read of Shepherd’s Way Farms is joined by fellow cheesemakers Keith Adams of Wm. Cofield Cheese & Alemar Cheese and Sarah Hoffmann of Green Dirt Farm for a lively discussion on sales and distribution. Hear their insights into working with distributors, packing and shipping, connecting with end customers, and common pitfalls. 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.

    • Using the Safe Cheesemaking Hub (May 18, 2017)
    • How DO You Sell Your Cheese? A Cheesemaker Roundtable (March 29, 2017)
    • Leavin’ On a Jet Plane: Expanding Your Operations to an Airport (February 8, 2017)
    • Best Practices in Hiring & Firing Employees (January 31, 2017)
    • 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 for Retailers(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)