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Legislative Action Conference 2009

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Just announced! U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is among those scheduled to speak at the 37th Annual Legislative Action Conference.  Secretary Vilsack will address attendees during the 2nd General Session on Monday morning, March 2, 2009.  In recent weeks, Secretary Vilsack has stated in various news interviews that he considers child nutrition to be an important priority for the USDA.  In his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Secretary Vilsack noted that he sees the school nutrition programs as an important tool for defeating childhood hunger.

Recent Additions

  • Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), vice chairman of the House Rules Committee will discuss how the federal budget affects the child nutrition programs during the 2nd General Session on Monday morning.
  • Noted nutritionist Dr. Keith-Thomas Ayoob will discuss how to avoid sacrificing nutrition during the current economic recession alos Monday morning.
  • Dr. Brian Wansink, Director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University and former Executive Director of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion will speak about environmental ways to encourage healthy eating among children, during the 3rd General Session, later Monday morning.

Keynote Luncheon

Ronald Brownstein 
Ronald Brownstein is the political director for Atlantic Media Company, with responsibility for coordinating overall political coverage at its publications, which include the Atlantic, National Journal, the Hotline and Congress Daily. He writes a weekly column on politics and policy which appears simultaneously in National Journal and the Los Angeles Times, as well as articles in National Journal and The Atlantic. Brownstein also is the author or editor of six books, including his most recent, The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America, which was named by New York Times as one of “ten books worth curling up with” for 2007.

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Ronald Brownstein

Brownstein he has appeared frequently on “Meet the Press,” and “This Week with George Stephanopolous” and previously appeared regularly on “Face the Nation,” “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” and “Washington Week in Review.” He has also been a repeat guest on “Charlie Rose,” “Nightline,” as well as the three network morning programs, MSNBC, CNBC and C-SPAN. From 1998 through 2005, he served as an on-air political analyst for CNN.

Brownstein has twice been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, receiving that recognition for his coverage in the Los Angeles Times of both the 1996 and 2004 presidential campaigns. He also had the distinction of being named one of Washington’s 20 “best and most influential” journalists by Washingtonian magazine in 2001. With the marathon presidential election of 2008 now decided, Brownstein will provide insightful analysis of the challenges that await the incoming president.

Annual Banquet

Carl D. Perkins Memorial Lecture

The LAC Banquet will be held Monday evening, March 2, at 7:00 pm, and will include compelling words from Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), who was elected in 2006 with the largest margin of victory ever for a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. Before his election to the Senate in 2006, he served as Pennsylvania’s Treasurer and Auditor General.

LAC 2009 Robert Casey

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)

As a first-term Senator, Casey is focus-ed on changing the direction in Washington by moving to find common ground and solutions to the problems that face the nation. In his short time in the Senate, Casey has made a difference on one of his top priorities: increasing access to health insurance for children. He also is committed to preparing our children for the 21st century, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, preserving our environment, as well as protecting Americans at home and our interests abroad. Casey serves on five Senate committees.

Senator Casey is a strong supporter of school nutrition programs. Last fall, he introduced legislation that would require the reimbursement rate for the school nutrition programs to be adjusted twice a year. Also, as a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Casey will have a seat at the table when the Committee takes up Reauthorization 2009.

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.

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.

Closing General Session

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Dr. Virginia Stallings

Dr. Virginia Stallings, chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee to Review the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program Meal Patterns and Standards will speak at LAC Wednesday morning, March 4, 2009, as part of the Closing General Session beginning at 8:00 AM.  Dr. Stallings will update LAC attendees regarding the Committee’s progress. Dr. Stallings is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine.  She is also the Jean A. Cortner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Director of the Nutrition Center, and Director of the Office of Faculty Development at the Joseph Stokes Jr. Research Institute and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  She previously served as chair of the Nutrition Standards for Food in Schools Committee, which created recommendations for competitive food items.

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 3 is reserved for visiting Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill. Please schedule appointments with your Senators and Representatives well in advance.