AMES, Iowa – Dan Fillius has joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a produce safety specialist. Fillius will work to assist produce growers and processors as they comply with food safety regulations and the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Fillius will be housed in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State and will be responsible for programming and education for fruit and vegetable growers and processors throughout Iowa.
“I am very excited to join the food safety team and I hope that my experience as a vegetable farmer will help me connect with and educate other produce growers about the important topic of food safety,” Fillius said.
Fillius comes to Iowa State after four growing seasons as the field production coordinator at Featherstone Farm in Rushford, Minn. Prior to working in Minnesota, Fillius managed the Student Organic Farm at Michigan State University.
“Dan’s expertise in farming and connection to extension will add a wealth of knowledge to our team,” said Angela Shaw, associate professor in food science and human nutrition and extension specialist in food safety at Iowa State.
Fillius holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Hamilton College.
The position is funded as part of a cooperative agreement with the Food and Drug Administration and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
A full listing of ISU Extension and Outreach produce safety specialists is available online.