School lunch officials now have a little more wiggle room with calories, protein and grain services after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that temporary changes lobbied for by a group of bipartisan U.S. senators, including sponsor John Hoeven, R-N.D., and co-sponsor Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., are now permanent.
U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., last week unveiled a new school nutrition bill that seeks to reduce federal mandates on school lunch standards, which have been a point of contention since their implementation at the beginning of the 2012 school year.
With a flock of hungry Davies High School Eagles in Fargo, N.D., looking on, Sen. John Hoeven held a lunchroom press conference March 28 to assure his youngest and hungriest constituents that he’ll get federal school lunch rules fixed so they can not only eat healthy, but eat as much as they need.
WASHINGTON — Healthy eating advocates and anti-hunger groups are mounting vigorous campaigns to maintain food stamp benefits and programs to increase access to fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods in the farm bill, but they differ on whether quality of foods or benefit levels should be the highest priority.
WASHINGTON — All farm major programs combined — crop insurance, subsidies and conservation — will cost only about $221 billion over the next 10 years, comprising only 18 percent of Agriculture Department spending, according to statistics released by the Congressional Budget Office as it released its annual budget estimates.
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