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Apr 19, 2012

Farm to School Program - USDA Will Grant Up to $5M Annually

On 19 April 2012 Capital Press reported on the USDA's efforts to increase spending up to US$5 million per year in farm to school programs.  The Farm to School Grant Program is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that grants the USDA the authority to support schools buying food directly from producers.

The goal is to help farmers "figure out how to work with schools [so] they can begin to sell to other institutional markets, such as colleges, hospitals, corporate cafeterias or prisons."

Some opposition for the program is based on food safety, quality and price.  Opponents note that the growing season does not match the school year and they are concerned about delivery and food being fresh.

"Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said the program helps to get students interested in agriculture and where their food comes from."

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