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Closing Session at LAC: A Roundtable Discussion Spanning More Than Three Decades of Agricultural Policy

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January 24, 2012 -- The School Nutrition Association is hosting the 40th Annual Legislative Action Conference from March 4-7, 2012 in Washington, DC. On Wednesday March 7th from 7:30am – 11:30 am, A Roundtable Discussion on the General Election, Agriculture, and Nutrition Programs will conclude what is sure to be an exhilarating conference.

The panel discussion will center on the increasing role that agriculture and nutrition have in decisions and policy development. We will hear from former Secretaries of Agriculture and a former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture who collectively will provide insight stemming from their experience at USDA. The discussion will include the link between funding programs and the constraints on budgets. The goal of this session is to provide perspectives from leaders and experts on the importance of balance, priorities and policies that impact our ability to provide quality, nutritious meals to our nation’s children in an efficient and healthy manner.

You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to hear candid conversations with former USDA Secretaries.

Be sure to register for LAC and make plans to stay through the end to glean perspectives covering the Reagan Administration to the Clinton Administration to George W. Bush Administration.

The session will feature:

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The Honorable John Block
Block was Secretary of Agriculture under President Ronald Reagan from 1981-1986 and was involved with the 1985 Farm Bill.



Charles Conner
Conner was Deputy Secretary of Agriculture under President George W. Bush serving from 2005, and was acting Secretary in 2007. Currently he is the president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, a position he has held since January 2009.



The Honorable Dan Glickman
Glickman served as the Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 – 2001 under President Bill Clinton. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he focuses on public health, national security, and economic policy issues.



The session will be moderated by Sara Wyant, veteran farm policy reporter and president of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc., a diversified communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Little Rock, Arkansas, and Camdenton, Missouri.

Click here to register for LAC and become engaged in this exciting roundtable discussion!

Tray Talk Week – January 23-27, 2012

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It’s Tray Talk week, help spread the word about healthy school meals. Whether you choose to do something big or small, this is your opportunity to show off your program’s unique accomplishments and engage parents to get the facts about your school meals program.

To help you promote your program, SNA has a number of updated tools available for you at (member login required)

Included in the updated tools and flyers are:

  • A new downloadable backpack brochure - includes information on MyPlate.
  • School milk resources - provided by Milk Processors Education Program and the National Dairy Council these tools help explain the important nutritional benefits of milk to parents, reporters and other members of your community.
  • Handouts - Customizable flyer for parents about the benefits of school meals in English and Spanish.

Also and most important, don’t forget to visit to submit your school nutrition success story.

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