Rep. Toby Barker introduced House Bill 718 to establish an Interagency Farm to School Council to facilitate the procurement and use of locally grown and locally raised agricultural products in school meals. The bill has passed the Senate and, last week, was agreed on by the House. The bill awaits the Speaker’s signature and then it will go to the governor for his final signature.
If signed into law, the Interagency Farm to School Council will help improve the quality of food served in schools and support the state economy by generating new income for Mississippi farmers. Farm to School programs strengthen local economies, improves the livelihood of local farmers, and spurs additional spending on other local products and services.