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Food and Nutrition Service Head Keynotes UW Consumer Issues Conference

September 25, 2014
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USDA administrator Audrey Rowe will be a keynote speaker at the Consumer Issues Conference Oct. 8-10 at the University of Wyoming. (USDA)

Audrey Rowe, USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administrator, will be a keynote speaker at the “Food: Perceptions, Practices and Policies” Consumer Issues Conference Oct. 8-10 at the University of Wyoming.

Rowe directs the USDA unit responsible for delivering federal nutrition assistance programs including Women, Infants and Children; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and school meals. FNS programs are aimed at reducing hunger and obesity in the United States. FNS has budget authority for 75 percent of USDA’s $199 billion budget.

“We’re thrilled that Audrey Rowe will be attending this year’s conference. This will be the first visit to Wyoming in 10 years from a USDA official in Rowe’s position,” says Virginia Vincenti, a professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and one of the conference organizers.

A graduate of Federal City College and a former fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Rowe has served as senior vice president and managing director for the Children and Family Services Division and senior vice president for Public Affairs for Affiliated Computer Service, formerly Lockheed Martin IMS. Rowe will provide an overview of FNS’s nutrition programs and will also take part in a panel discussion on school nutrition issues.

The conference will highlight food issues that citizens, researchers and governments at all levels are concerned about and have been working on, says Vincenti.

“We hope to bring a diverse audience together to network and engage with each other,” says Vincenti.

Details of the conference are at Professional credits are available. Registration costs vary, but all students can attend for free.


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