LAC 2008 - Speakers & Events


Pre-Conference Sessions

Saturday, March 1
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Child Nutrition Programs: A Primer For Industry
Designed for industry, this workshop provides an overview of the multi-billion dollar school nutrition market. Arm your sales and marketing staff with the information and resources to match your company's strengths with growing opportunities created through expanding feeding occasions, local wellness initiatives and food-safety concerns. Accounts of “what works” and “what doesn't work” from savvy school nutrition operators will be shared and discussed.
Cost: $199; CEUs: 4; Key Area 4

Intricacies of USDA's Commodity Program
This session will help participants improve their ability to obtain the maximum benefits from the commodity program. Learn about USDA's purchasing decisions and the many variables that impact those plans; discuss the cycle of fulfilling commodity orders; review the latest enhancements to ECOS, USDA's online ordering system; learn how to develop working relationships with processors; and explore other commodity program dynamics in order to improve the bottom line of your school nutrition operation.
Cost: $75; CEUs: 4; Key Area 1

Saturday, March 1
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

USDA Commodity Processing: How To's for Industry and Operators
This session will build on the morning session as it provides more in-depth information on commodity processing. Come and learn about the myriad of opportunities and pitfalls in commodity processing. Review the basics of National Processing Agreements, end product data schedules, value pass thru systems and different yield methodologies. Take advantage of this time to ask the experts your burning questions and discuss processing with your peers.
Cost: $75; CEUs: 3; Key Area 1

How to Successfully Lobby State Legislatures
For all practical purposes, state legislatures can do anything they want, either to you or for you. To gain favorable legislative action you must be able to answer the fundamental lobbying question: “Why would that lawmaker give me his or her vote?” In this seminar, you will gain tips to answer that question, including how to motivate lawmakers, craft a winning legislative plan, build your lobbying organization, work with special interests and turn your ideas into law.
Cost: $75; CEUs: 3; Key Area 3

Keynote Luncheon

Amy Walter
LAC attendees will have the opportunity to get Washington's inside scoop from Amy Walter, one of the nation's top political forecasters. She has been successfully handicapping U.S. House races since she received The Washington Post's Crystal Ball award for her spot-on predictions in 2000. As editor in chief of The Hotline, the National Journal Group's online briefing on politics and policies, she is the publication's primary voice.

Walter has served as a political analyst for CNN and as a panelist and commentator on CBS' “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press” (NBC), “Washington Journal” (C-SPAN), “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” (PBS), and the CBS “Early Show.” She provided election night commentary for CNN in 2002, 2004 and 2006, and has been quoted frequently as a congressional election expert in such newspapers as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Walter will provide an overview of the nation's political climate and what it could mean for the 2008 elections. Sponsored by Hobart

Annual Banquet

Carl D. Perkins Memorial Lecture
The LAC Annual Banquet will be held Monday evening, March 3, at 7:00 pm. Your full conference registration includes this event. Additional guest tickets are $95 each; the seating chart for reserving tables will be available Sunday afternoon at the SNA Registration Desk.

Carl Perkins, a Kentucky legislator, was a strong influence in shaping federal nutrition programs. In 1985, the SNA Board of Directors established an endowment fund to provide for the Carl D. Perkins Memorial Lecture. The lecture provides Association members with a greater understanding of current public policy and legislative issues.

Day on Capitol Hill

Bring your expertise, your passion and your stories to Washington, D.C., and take advantage of this opportunity to get your message across to your state's Congressional delegation. Tuesday, March 4 is reserved for visiting Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill. Please schedule appointments with your Senators and Representatives well in advance.


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