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Farm to School
During the 81st Texas Legislative Session, SB 1027 established the Interagency Farm to School Task Force, charged with developing and implementing a plan to facilitate the availability of locally grown food products in all Texas schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. The task force included representation from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), the Texas Education Agency, the Department of State Health Services and stakeholders representing farmers, school nutrition, distributors, health advocacy, parents and higher education. A copy of the full Task Force report can be found here.

TDA’s statewide Farm to School initiative provides Texas schools with helpful resources for building relationships with local farms.


Farm to school programs improve school nutrition by connecting Texas schools with local producers. Incorporating locally grown products into healthy school meals benefits Texas students and the businesses of Texas farmers, ranchers and other producers. TDA seeks to introduce students to fresh and nutritious, locally grown food and establish Texas as a national leader in state farm-to-school programs.

TDA’s statewide Farm to School initiative currently focuses on increasing the amount of local food products served in schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

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Farm to school programs achieve their goals in many ways. TDA’s statewide Farm to School initiative will support Texas schools seeking to:  

• incorporate more local products into school meals
• incorporate nutrition education into classroom lessons
• connect students with local producers
• create and/or maintain a school garden

TDA’s statewide Farm to School initiative will focus on connecting Texas schools with Texas producers.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 (1) mail: 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
 
 (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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