Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act aims to increase production of local foods
- Increase support for local food production, aggregation, processing and distribution so that farmers can more easily sell healthy food, including locally raised and processed meat, directly to schools, hospitals, stores and restaurants.
- Enable schools to use more of their federal food funding to buy fresh, local foods. A pilot program would allow 10 school districts to use a percentage of their school lunch commodity dollars to buy food from local farmers and ranchers, instead of through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national commodity food program.
- Improve the diets of food stamp recipients and low-income seniors by making it easier for them to use food stamps to purchase healthy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs and other direct food marketing services. This would also provide more income for local farmers and stimulate economic activity in nearby business districts.
- Diversify and promote production of healthy and sustainable food by improving access to credit, crop insurance and other support for organic producers as well as diversified farming operations and smaller-scale and beginning farmers.
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