Michael Best Partner Denise Bode was quoted in Bloomberg Government’s article, “Farm Bill Offers Mixed Bag of Fruits, Veggies in School Snacks” on May 3, 2018.
“A fresh fruit and vegetable program would get a name change to include all forms of produce, ranging from frozen to dried to canned, under the House farm bill.
The bill, approved by the House Agriculture Committee last month, would rename the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to the Fruit and Vegetable Program, widening the assortment of eligible produce and making it easier for schools to pay for the voluntary program.
The snack program started as a way to provide fresh produce and engage local producers, but when produce wasn’t in season, it became expensive for schools to import fresh produce from abroad, said American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition coordinator Denise Bode.
“It should be left as a choice to local school districts to participate,” Bode told Bloomberg Government. The coalition lobbied Congress to get the provision into the farm bill. The current farm bill expires on Sept. 30.”
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