USDA report shows Wisconsin could buy more local milk
MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin school districts buy plenty of local produce for their lunchrooms, according to federal agriculture officials, but but could do better in buying local dairy products.
A survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed 32% of schools involved in the Farm to School program are buying milk from local sources, and 22% are buying other dairy products, like cheese, locally.
Farm to School, a national program, aims to bring locally sourced foods into school cafeterias, while also educating students about the particular food's origins.
The USDA census shows 59% of Wisconsin's 315 school districts that responded to the survey are involved in the Farm to School program. Of those, 80% are buying local fruits and vegetables.
"Schools probably got started by bringing fruits and vegetables into their salad bars or into their lunches, but it's probably time for Wisconsin to go a little further," said Deborah Kane, national director of the USDA program.
Kane spoke Thursday at the Wisconsin Farm to School Summit.
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