State Agency State agencies are integral partners in the success of school-based nutrition programs. The State agencies serve as the administrators and lead authority of the school nutrition programs at the state level. These individuals are employed by the Department of Education or Department of Agriculture. For more information on the activities of your State agency or to learn more about a particular State agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has a list of State agencies available on its website.USDA/State Agency Training WorkshopDecember 8-11, 2014 Each year, SNA hosts the annual USDA/State Agency Training Workshop. This workshop is open to those individuals who are currently employed by the state agencies (Department of Agriculture or Department of Education) throughout the fifty states. The workshop provides an opportunity for state agency staff to learn more about the status of the child nutrition programs, research and general updates from USDA officials on an annual basis. State Agency Section Meeting/USDA WorkshopJuly 15, 2014 Speakers: Laura Castro, FDD Director, USDA, Lynn Harvey, PhD, SNS, Cindy Long, Janey Thornton, PhD, SNS School nutrition programs have undergone extensive changes since the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. This session will provide an opportunity to hear from, and dialogue with,USDA officials on priority topics such as: the Community Eligibility Provision, the “Smart Snacks” interim rule, Direct Certification, 6 Cent certification and Professional Standards. Also, come and find out more about the upcoming annual USDA/State Agency Training Workshop, which will be held in December.