Health Enhancement and Safety

USDA Final Rule on Geographic Preference for School Nutrition Programs

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 8:59 pm

USDA recently published a final rule on geographic preference for unprocessed locally grown and locally raised agricultural products. The final rule implements a provision in the 2008 Farm Bill that encourages school nutrition programs to purchase locally grown and raised food products. School nutrition programs may apply an optional geographic preference, which will allow them to purchase local items for the school nutrition programs. This rule helps school nutrition programs develop farm to school programs.

To read the complete rule, click on Geographic Preference Final Rule.

For more information, contact School Nutrition Programs, 406-444-2501