What changes were there in school meal programs after updating national standards?

The USDA conducted a new study to see how child nutrition programs changed after updating standards in the National School Lunch Program.

Foods made available to schools through the USDA Foods Program since 2012 now include more dark green vegetables and whole grains. The percent of fruits and vegetables distributed increased to 15 percent in 2017, which is up from the 6 percent found in 2012. Cheese, poultry, and red meat on the menu actually dropped to a range of 60 to 70 percent from 2012 to 2017.


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USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says we are heading into spring rather quickly and ahead of schedule, which could have negative implications for small grains and blooming fruit crops.
U.S. pork exports could outpace both chicken and beef shipments in the coming decade.
A new survey shows the national economic impact of the equine industry last year, adding an additional $55 billion to the U.S. economy in 2023 than in 2022.
Iowa lawmakers are asking the U.S. Education Dept. for clarity on a new FAFSA question asking students to list family farm assets, which could reduce their grant.
Texas A&M‘s Ag & Food Policy Chief, Dr. Joe Outlaw, predicts lawmakers may not draft a new Farm Bill until 2025, missing the first deadline by nearly two years.
According to Tom Perez, Senior Advisor to the President, more Americans are enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program than those receiving SNAP benefits.