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Minnesota legislature invests in farm to school

Last month, the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives passed the Omnibus Agriculture Policy Bill which includes dedicated funding and support for Farm to School and Early Care initiatives across the state. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and a broad coalition of partners, including many of you, worked to support this policy that will expand access to fresh, local and healthy foods for Minnesota students and new, stable markets for Minnesota farmers.

The conference committee dedicated up to $400,000 within the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) program for Farm to School initiatives. For the first time, this funding may be used to pilot a reimbursement program for school districts and early care providers to encourage the purchasing of local foods. The Omnibus Agriculture Policy Bill also supports the creation of a marketing position, whose responsibilities will include helping farmers and school districts build relationships and begin working in partnership on Farm to School and Early Care initiatives.
Advocates testified for farm to school policy in the House Agriculture committee on February 26, 2019. Photo: Stephanie Heim

Advocates testified for farm to school policy in the House Agriculture committee on February 26, 2019. Photo: Stephanie Heim


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