The University of Wyoming announced Audrey Rowe, USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administrator, is a keynote speaker at the “Food: Perceptions, Practices, and Policies” Consumer Issues Conference Oct. 8-10 in Laramie.
Rowe directs the arm of the USDA responsible for delivering federal nutrition assistance programs including WIC, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and school meals. FNS programs are aimed at reducing hunger and obesity in the United States. NFS 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,” said 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. KennedySchool 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 give 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 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.”
Details of the conference are at www.uwyo.edu/cic. Professional credits are available. Registration costs vary, but all students are free.