University educators, researchers, food industry executives and managers, food consultants, and government analysts, government agency personnel, food safety personnel, farmer/flower/wine market owners and managers, extension personnel, economists and food lobbyists are the primary audience for this conference. Students interested in the food industry and commodity promotion evaluation are encouraged to attend.


There are table-top exhibit spaces available for corporations, agencies, centers and university/college programs to market themselves to FDRS Participants. Exhibit space will be featured in a prime location for maximizing visibility to participants. Space is limited, thus reserve your exhibit space today! For additional information about exhibit space please contact Mike Schroder at 760-750-8722 or mschrode@csusm.edu.

Exhibits can be set-up as early as 8 am on Saturday, October 14th. Those interested in marketing to the students participating in the food marketing challenge should set-up early. All exhibits should be set-up by 6 pm on Sunday, October 15th and must be taken down by Tuesday, October 17th by 1:00 pm.

Those interested in registering for exhibit space can use the same registration form for participants. A section for the exhibit fees has been included on the registration form.


Research posters accepted will be displayed in the Hotel Conference Function area starting Monday, October 16th at 8:00 am. Authors will be available at their posters for discussion on Monday, October 16th and Tuesday, October 17th during the breaks and before and after lunch on Monday.

For Poster Authors: Set-up for posters on the 4’x 8’ poster boards will be on Monday morning from 7:30 am – 8:00 am. Please have one of the authors of the poster available for discussion during the breaks on Monday and Tuesday and before/after lunch Monday. Posters can be displayed until Tuesday, 1:00 pm, please have your poster removed by this time.


The conference will take place at the San Juan Marriott Resort. Please ask for the FDRS room block when making your reservation. We have secured a room rate of $135 per night (additional charges for a 3rd and 4th person in the room).

San Juan Marriott Resort
1309 Ashford Avenue
San Juan, PR 00907, Puerto Rico
Phone: 787-722-7000


Register before September 15, 2012 and receive an early bird discount. All attendees, including speakers, are required to register for the conference. A number of fee options are available.

There are three ways you can register:

•Fill in the registration form, clip and mail with check or credit card payment to:

Attn. Mike Schroder, Dean, CSUSM Extended Learning
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

• Fax the form with your credit card payment to the Conference Registrar at (760) 750-3138.

• Register online and pay by credit card on our secure website (hosted by California State
University, San Marcos).


Refund and Cancellation Policy

Refund and Cancellation Policy: Requests for refunds will be honored if received no later than seven calendar days prior to the start of the conference, less a $100 administrative charge. However, another person may be substituted at any time for this program. In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, your registration fee will be refunded minus the $100 administrative fee. FDRS nor CSUSM Extended Learning or FDRS cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organization.

CSUSM Extended Learning and FDRS do not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, veteran status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity. If you are a person with a disability and require any auxiliary aids, services, or special accommodations for this program please discuss your needs with Mike Schroder at 760-750-8722 or mschroder@csusm.edu before August 15, 2012.


As a commonwealth of the United States of America, travel to Puerto Rico is treated the same as any other destination within the US. There is no need for a passport when traveling from the US mainland to Puerto Rico. There are also no customs inspections, however the USDA does inspect luggage bound from Puerto Rico to the US mainland.

Driving in Puerto Rico is the same as the mainland US and signs are in both Spanish and English. The people of Puerto Rico are extremely gracious and many speak English.

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