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November 8, 2011

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Joint House-Senate Conference on the FY 2012 Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science, Transportation/Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Announced

USDA Celebrates 150 Years

Upcoming SNF Webinar

FNS/USDA Releases Updated Eligibility Manual for School Meals

SNA Executive Team and Regional Director State Visits for November

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Joint House-Senate Conference on the FY 2012 Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science, Transportation/Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill Announced

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers announced that the House and Senate held a joint Conference Committee meeting on the fiscal year 2012 Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science (CJS), and Transportation/Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill on Thursday, November 3. This meeting was the first joint conference on an Appropriations bill since 2009.

“This Conference Committee [was] the next step in completing our Appropriations work for the year, and represents the will of the Congress to return to regular order and an open, transparent, and inclusive funding process,” Chairman Rogers said.

The House Conferees include 12 Republicans and 8 Democrats. Speaker of the House John Boehner announced the Conference Committee Members to be:

Republicans: Democrats:
Appropriations Full Committee Chairman Hal Rogers
Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Chairman Emeritus
Rep. Jerry Lewis, Chairman Emeritus
Rep. Frank R. Wolf, CJS Subcommittee Chairman
Rep. Jack Kingston, Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman   
Rep. Tom Latham, THUD Subcommittee Chairman
Rep. Robert B. Aderholt
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson
Rep. John Culberson
Rep. John R. Carter
Rep. Jo Bonner
Rep. Steven C. LaTourette
Appropriations Ranking Member Norm Dicks
Rep. Rosa DeLauro
Rep. John Olver
Rep. Ed Pastor
Rep. David Price
Rep. Sam Farr
Rep. Chaka Fattah
Rep. Adam Schiff

USDA Celebrates 150 Years

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding in the coming year. President Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing the United States Department of Agriculture in 1862.

In Lincoln’s 1864 final annual message to Congress, he called USDA "The People's Department," at that time when about half of all Americans lived on farms, compared with about 2 percent today. USDA continues its work through food, agriculture, economic development, science, and a host of other issues.

“As we commemorate 150 years of accomplishments, USDA is learning from past experiences and looking to the future. In the years to come, we must help address the changing needs of agriculture and rural America. We must continue to help provide a safe, ample food supply for our nation and the world,” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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Upcoming SNF Webinar

On Wednesday, November 16th, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) will host a webinar entitled “Addressing Food Safety in School Produce Purchasing” in partnership with US Department of Agriculture FNS Office of Food Safety. In this webinar, a USDA expert will discuss procurement requirements, including the geographic preference rule. State experts will explain how to incorporate food safety, including GAPs and liability insurance, into produce purchases and share success stories. Additionally, a foodservice director will discuss her district’s food safety requirements for local farms and distributors.

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FNS/USDA Releases Updated Eligibility Manual for School Meals

The Eligibility Manual for School Meals contains information on Federal requirements regarding the determination and verification of eligibility for free and reduced price meals in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. These provisions also apply to the determination of eligibility for free milk under the Special Milk Program and are generally applicable to the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program when individual children’s eligibility must be established. Local educational agencies, institutions and sponsors should confer with their State agency to determine which procedures and options are followed in their State.

This manual replaces the Eligibility Guidance for School Meals Manual issued in January 2008. This updated version reflects changes made since that time, as a result of final and interim regulations, and policy clarifications. In addition, only those non-discretionary provisions addressed through policy memoranda from the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 are reflected in this manual.

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SNA Executive Team or Regional Directors State Meetings for November

November 4-6, 2011, Mississippi State Conference, Vicksburg Convention Center
November 4-6, 2011, New York State Conference, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel
November 4-6, 2011, Missouri State Conference, Courtyard by Marriott, Blue Springs
November 10-13, 2011, California State Conference, Sacramento Convention Center
November 11-13, 2011, Michigan State Conference, Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City


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