Audrey Rowe, administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service will deliver the S.A. Haley Memorial Lecture at the 58th Annual Life Conference on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Dr. Idonia L. Trotter, executive director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, will be the luncheon speaker.

Audrey Rowe, administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service will deliver the S.A. Haley Memorial Lecture at the 58th Annual Life Conference on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Dr. Idonia L. Trotter, executive director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, will be the luncheon speaker.


As deputy administrator for special nutrition programs at FNS, Rowe led the effort to pass the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 — the legislative centerpiece of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to end childhood obesity in a generation.


Under Trotter’s leadership during the 2011 Arkansas legislative session, the Arkansas Minority Health Commission and the Arkansas Minority Health Consortium played pivotal roles in ensuring the passage of several pieces of legislation aimed at improving the health of minority children, sickle cell and HIV/AIDS patients.


The Rural Life Conference registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The opening session begins at 8:45 a.m. The conference will feature 11 workshops, 14 exhibits and 14 posters. The conference theme is Facing Change: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Sustainable Communities.


Registration is requested of everyone even though the conference is free to farmers, ranchers, homemakers and retirees. The cost to professionals and agency personnel is $75. To preregister or for more information, contact Tamara Ford at 870-575-8806.