The other state is Florida. So if you're in either state and you have kids in school, maybe give your public schools a poke to see if they're on top of that.
This is a much needed boost to these two state economies from money to local farmers, and will hopefully provide our kids with fresher foods with higher nutrient content.
A pilot program being tested in Michigan and Florida would allow schools to use federal commodities money to buy produce from farmers in their areas.
Exact details are being hammered out, but in its current form the program wouldn't involve new expenditures, an aide to Sen. Debbie Stabenow said.
Stabenow is chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The program is voluntary for schools and farmers, the aide said, and farmers who want to supply schools will have to register with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Local activists, including the late Chris Bedford of Sweetwater Local Foods Market, had pushed Stabenow's office to support the pilot program, said Bill Bobier, a Hesperia farmer, former state representative, and senior policy analyst for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.