ND’s “Beef to School Pilot Program” is giving students a taste of local beef

Americans are willing to pay more money for meat products. That is according to the latest Kansas State Meat Demand Monitor.

This comes, even as the consumer price index for meat increased by nearly 15 percent last month. Chicken breasts saw the largest jump in “willingness to pay,” with an increase of more than 5 percent compared to the previous month.

Pork climbed 2 percent and beef jumped 1 percent.

Speaking of beef, a new program in North Dakota is bringing locally grown goods to school lunchrooms.

“The Beef To School” pilot program was developed by the state’s Independent Beef Association. It allows schools to compare beef that was fully processed in the state to the commercial ground beef they are currently using.

So far, 1,000 pounds of North Dakota-raised beef has been donated to twelve schools across the state.