General Sessions & Concurrent Breakout Sessions

General Sessions

Sunday, March 4, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm

Keynote Speakers: Peter Hart and Frank Luntz
During LAC’s Opening General Session, you’ll be introduced to two renowned political experts who will share their thoughts and insights on today’s political landscape.

LAC 2018 Keynote Speaker

Peter Hart is a soothsayer, a strategist and a true authority on understanding what the public wants, when the public wants. He has been one of the leading analysts of public opinion in the United States since 1971. As an established leader in survey research, Hart has been the pollster for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal since 1989. Hart appears frequently on major media outlets and he currently teaches political science at the University of California at Berkeley.

LAC 2018 Keynote Speaker

Frank Luntz is one of the most honored communication professionals in America today. Luntz has written, supervised and conducted more than 2,000 surveys, focus groups, ad tests and dial sessions in over two dozen countries and on four continents. He has been a guest on practically every news show in America and has even served as a consultant to the award-winning NBC television drama, The West Wing.

Sunday, March 4, 3:00 pm-4:15 pm

The Learning Connection: The Link Between School Breakfast and Academic Performance
Presiding: Dr. Lynn Harvey
Speaker: Dr. Keith Ayoob

There’s no question that nutrition status affects children’s ability to learn. The evidence for the positive impact of a regular breakfast—and breakfast eaten at school—on academic performance is simply too strong to ignore. Yet school breakfast participation is less than half that of school lunch numbers. Children missing school breakfast may be paying a heavy price, with lower academic performance, difficult classroom behavior, and even missed days from school. Get the evidence to advocate for change that can prevent children from being too hungry to learn.

Monday, March 5, 8:30 am-10:00 am

USDA 2018 Update
Presiding: Dr. Lynn Harvey
Speakers: Cindy Long, Laura Castro, Cheryl Lewis, Angela Kline and Sarah Smith-Holmes

Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide an update on child nutrition program activities, research, USDA Foods and more.

Monday, March 5, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Block Grants: What Are They and Why You Should Be Concerned
Presiding: Dr. Lynn Harvey
Speakers: Sharon Parrott and Rebecca Vallas

In 2016, Congress began discussing changing the funding mechanism, oversight and the structure of child nutrition programs. The threat of “Block Granting,” or lump sum funding to the states, first appeared more than 25 years ago and was soundly defeated. SNA played a major role in eliminating this threat then, and now we face a similar challenge. This session will explore the dangers, the likelihood and the impact this potential change could cause to our critical feeding programs.

Monday, March 5, 2:00 pm-4:15 pm

LAC 2018 Closing General Session Speaker Steve Censky

Presentation of the SNA 2018 Position Paper and
Charge to the Hill!

During LAC’s Closing General Session, you’ll hear from the Honorable Steve Censky, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

After being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Stephen L. Censky was sworn-in on October 11, 2017 as the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Censky previously served for the past 21 years as CEO of the American Soybean Association, a national, not-for-profit trade association that represents United States soybean farmers on policy and trade. He began his career working as a legislative assistant for Senator Jim Abdnor (R-SD). Later he served in both the Reagan and George H. W. Bush Administrations at the USDA, eventually serving as Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service where he was involved in running the nation’s export programs.

Censky grew up on a soybean, corn and diversified livestock farm near Jackson, Minn., and received his B.S. in Agriculture from South Dakota State University and his Postgraduate Diploma in Agriculture Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He and his wife Carmen have two daughters in college.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Sunday, March 4, 9:45 am-10:45 am

  • LAC 101: Strategies for Successful Hill Visits
    Speakers: Doug Davis, SNS, Sara Gasiorowski, SNS, Chris Kamradt, SNS, Siri Perlman, RD
    Are you a first-time attendee? Feeling nervous and unprepared for what lies ahead? This session is designed to put you at ease and answer any questions you may have about LAC or your advocacy visits. You will learn all about SNA’s legislative activity and will hear plenty of tips to completely prepare you for your Hill visits.

  • Mastering Forecasting—How to Effectively Utilize All Your Entitlement
    Speakers: Stephanie Bruce, Jessica Gould, SNS, Barbara Harral
    Join us for this exciting panel where we will get down to the heart of effectively utilizing ALL your entitlement. Presenters will provide you with forecasting tools used to plan, project and manage your USDA Foods. Insight on industry best practices and communication techniques with all stakeholders will be provided as well.

  • Industry Exchange, Part 1: The Dos and Don’ts of Procurement for Industry (Industry only)
    Facilitator: Barry Sackin, SNS
    Don’t miss this opportunity to review the Dos and Don’ts for Industry tipsheet to help you navigate successful–and lawful–relationships with your K12 customers.

  • State Agency Section Meeting, Part 1 (State Agency only)
    Speakers: Scott Clements, Cindy Long and other USDA officials
    A must for state agency directors and staff, this discussion will bring together USDA representatives to discuss what’s new in the world of child nutrition. Receive updates on the latest USDA Foods, research priorities and other important topics.

Monday, March 5, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

  • Natural Disasters: Preparation and Impact
    Speakers: Chris Kamradt, SNS, Angela Olige, Sandra Ford, SNS
    In the wake of a natural disaster, communities turn to their schools to fulfill their most immediate need–food. With power outages and grocery stores and restaurants closed or destroyed, school nutrition professionals are often first responders. Structural damage and population migration have far-reaching, immediate and long-term impacts on a school nutrition program. Hear about year-round preparation efforts and direct solutions from school nutrition directors and state agency officials who have experienced the effects of recent record-breaking climate events.

  • Procurement Ethics—What Should You Do?
    Speakers: Stephanie Bruce, Mike Burke, SNS, Sandy Curwood, PhD, RD, Steve Turner
    Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss procurement ethics as part of SNA’s new programming School Nutrition Ethics: What Should You Do? In this facilitated session, you will review new procurement scenarios that present ethical dilemmas, discuss what the law requires and brainstorm possible approaches forward.

  • Industry Exchange, Part 2: The Future of Processing (Industry only)
    Facilitator: Barry Sackin, SNS
    Panelists: Shelly Copeland, SNS, Carole Erb, Kathleen Staley, Dave Tuckwiller

    About 40% of USDA Foods are diverted by schools to further processors. Sometimes this conflicts with USDA Direct Delivery (“brown box”) value-added products. What’s the best use of entitlement dollars? USDA and industry leaders discuss the programs and their future.

  • State Agency Section Meeting, Part 2 (State Agency only)
    Speakers: Scott Clements, Cindy Long and other USDA officials
    A must for state agency directors and staff, this discussion will bring together USDA representatives to discuss what’s new in the world of child nutrition. Receive updates on the latest USDA Foods, research priorities and other important topics.

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