How USDA Foods Champion the American Agriculture Sector and Where’s the Fruit?
January 11, 2014, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Speakers: Dave Tuckwiller, Director Commodity Procurement Division, AMS, and Peggy Cantfil, Chief Special Nutrition Programs Food Distribution Division, FNS

USDA food purchases support the nutrition needs of schools and food banks and have an equally important mission to support the United States’ agriculture sector. This session will explain the agriculture market cycles in the U.S., how they impact the supply to districts and the importance of USDA purchases on the US agriculture markets, small businesses and the farm community. Given the meal pattern requirement, there will be a special focus on fruit and vegetable markets and domestic supply chain.

If you are interested in participating in the Bonus Pre-Conference Session, click here.

First-Timers Session

SNIC offers a wealth of information for newcomers and veterans alike. This first-timers session will help you make the most of the conference by offering a rundown of highlights, events and an opportunity to ask some questions and learn from others who attend yearly.

FAME Awards and Dinner

Surround yourself with the stars of school nutrition at the 25th Annual Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Awards ceremony. Here, operators and industry come together to honor outstanding leaders in the school nutrition profession for their achievement, innovation and service. A reception begins at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. New this year: If you are interested in attending the FAME Awards, please visit Sponsored by Schawn’s Food Service, Inc., Basic American Foods, Tyson Foods, Inc.

SNS Credentialing Exam

SNA’s Credentialing Program was created to enhance the professional image of school nutrition leaders. To register for the exam, contact the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822. The registration deadline for this exam is December 22, 2013. For more information visit

STEPS Challenge Wellness Activities

Being on the road doesn’t mean that it’s time to skip regular exercise! This year at SNIC, you have two chances to get moving as part of the STEPS Wellness Activity Challenge. Sponsored by Jennie-O Turkey Store.

Wellness Walk
On Sunday, January 12, this picturesque adventure will take you on a journey through some of the most beautiful scenery in South Florida and surrounding areas. The walk begins and ends at Hyatt Regency.

Tai Chi
On Tuesday, January 14, experience the grace and serenity of Tai Chi, meditation in motion, a series of slow gentle movements that requires focus, deep breathing and attention to your body. This low-impact, effective class will help you reduce stress, improve posture, increase flexibility and burn calories.

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