SNA News Releases

USDA Releases New Nutrition Standards Today at Parklawn Elementary School in Virginia

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January 25, 2012 -- First Lady Michelle Obama joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new nutrition standards for school meals. The new rule requires all schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs to serve more fruits, vegetables and whole grains with school meals, while limiting sodium and calories. SNA President Helen Phillips, SNS, and SNA Chief Executive Officer Frank DiPasquale attended the event to hear firsthand the announcement of the new standards.

SNA is reviewing the 280 pages of the Final Rule on the Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and will be providing analysis for members and up-to-date information at: Be sure to check periodically for updates to the site.

First Lady Michelle Obama discusses changes to school meals
SNA President Helen Phillips talks with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Rear Admiral James Barnett., Jr. (Ret.) of Mission Readiness.

SNA Resources on the New Meal Pattern Regulation

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January 25, 2012 -- SNA has launched a one-stop shop for materials and news relating to the release of USDA’s School Meal Pattern Final Regulation. Click on the meal pattern link in the Highlights section for member’s only resources, including: A detailed summary and analysis of USDA’s Final Regulations, SNA’s Meal Pattern Plan of Action, SNA’s Press Release, talking points, archived August webinar on Proposed Meal Patterns, and legislative insight. Be sure and familiarize yourself with the link and check back periodically as we will update the site with more information as it becomes available.

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!

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