FARRP at 2010 Husker Harvest Days
Dr. Joe Baumert, assistant professor with UNL's Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP), had an opportunity to chat with Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, at Husker Harvest Days, on September 15, 2010. Governor Heineman and Dr. Baumert discussed the leading role that FARRP and the University of Nebraska have played in advancing food allergy awareness through research and outreach to the food industry. During the three-day event, Joe staffed FARRP's information booth, and had the opportunity to interact with hundreds of people that stopped by the booth.
The FARRP information booth was one of several educational and informational attractions located in the University Building that focused on shaping the future of food. Husker Harvest Days is one of the nation's premier working farm shows held annually, with this year's event running from September 14-16, 2010. Husker Harvest Days are held just outside Grand Island, Nebraska.
Each year the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) highlights new research and outreach that is being conducted by faculty and staff at the University of Nebraska. This year's theme was Shaping the Future of Food, which focused research and education ranging from the gastrointestinal microbiota interaction with foods and health, nutrigenomics, meat science and muscle biology, to food safety implications of food allergies and microbial pathogens. This is the first time that FARRP has had a booth at Husker Harvest Days. This event provided an excellent opportunity to highlight the research and extension activities that FARRP is conducting to the constituents of Nebraska and surrounding states.
Pictured in the background are Dr. Harshavardhan Thippareddi (back left), associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, and Dr. Dennis Burson (back right), professor, Department of Animal Science. All three faculty members pictured here specialize in various areas of food safety. The Department of Food Science and Technology is the administrative home of FARRP.