The University of Georgia
140 East Green Street, Athens, GA 30602
Farm to School: An Overview from USDA’s National Director
Guest Speaker: Deborah Kane, MS CESD ‘97, National Director, USDA Farm to School
Sponsors: ICON PhD program, ICON graduate student association, River Basin Center, and Odum School of Ecology.
Deborah Kane was appointed as USDA’s National Director of Farm to School in January 2012 to promote and expand USDA’s Farm to School efforts by implementing the provisions provided in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010. She oversees a new farm to school grant program, and continues to look for creative ways to increase schools’ access to healthy, local foods. Kane leads the interagency farm to school team, advises the Administration on farm to school policies, key strategies and priorities, and promotes and represents federal farm to school programming to Congressional subcommittees, external stakeholders, and other interested parties. USDA expects to enhance schools’ ability to work with regional producers, create economic opportunities for food producers of all kinds and empower schools to increase or augment programming that builds food literacy among the nation’s children.
For more information about Deborah Kane, see http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns-biographies-0.
For more about the USDA Farm to School program, see http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/farm-school.