USDA Seeks Ways to Boost Farm-to-School Programs
For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Farm Issues page , USDA Watch page , and our Minnesota News page . Minneapolis - The popularity of farm-to-school programs that put locally grown food on cafeteria trays has exploded in recent years - so much so that the federal agency in charge of school lunches is giving them a new stamp of approval. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said the programs have become so popular so fast that her agency doesn't have solid figures on how many schools are serving their students vegetables, fruits and meat grown by local farmers. "We know it's just snowballing," Merrigan said in an interview with The Associated Press before her appearance Tuesday at the School Nutrition Association convention in Nashville, Tenn. The U.S. Department of Agriculture used the convention to release a new report on what works in...