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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Cattle producers recently promoted U.S. beef on a trip to Japan and Korea with the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
After years of drought, farmers across U.S. farm country are getting so much rainfall that it’s dampening their spring planting progress later into the season.
According to USDA experts, Brazil and Argentina’s large drop in corn production has more to do with the economics of corn markets than impacts from weather.
According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, no part of Iowa is experiencing extreme levels of drought for the first time in nearly two years.