Do school food programs improve child dietary quality?By OUPBlog: AJAE - January 30, 2017
Written by: Travis Smith
Each school day, more than 30 million children in the United States receive a meal through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); many of those students also rely on the School Breakfast Program (SBP) for their morning-time meal. These two long-standing federally subsidized meal programs were enacted on the premise of providing school children with “adequate nutrition” and “an adequate supply of food.” As the second largest food assistance program in the US, cash payments to participating schools were over $16 billion in 2014, or about 10% of the US Department of Agriculture’s total spending.
But, as the adage goes, “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch”–participating schools must meet minimal nutritional standards in order to receive federal cash assistance. Over the past 70 years, school meal standards have become increasingly focused on raising the quality of school food rather than simply supplying food. But exactly how does the quality of a school meal compare to a brown-bag meal from home? Turns out, the answer isn’t as simple as comparing the average school lunch to the average sack lunch; we must dig deeper, far below and above the average child, where very-low and very-high quality diets exist.
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Get To Know 25 Women Leading Data And Analytics In The U.S. GovernmentBy Forbes - January 27, 2017
Marca Weinberg Manage research that provides information and analysis on farming and other rural industry. Has investigated issues such as water quality-quantity tradeoffs, Federal water policy reform, and the economic implications of the Federal Endangered Species Act. Director, Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture.
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Navigating a Struggling Farm EconomyBy Pork Network - January 26, 2017
“Farm costs are 90 percent of revenue. Can we cut them to 80 percent?” Featherstone asked participants at a recent conference, “Top 10 Considerations to Navigate a Struggling Farm Economy.” K-State is hosting several of the programs in locations across the state to help farmers think critically about how their farms might withstand the tough times.
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Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference is Next WeekBy Southeast AgNet- January 30, 2017
“Agriculture is a vital industry for Florida with interesting opportunities and compelling challenges as we move into the future,” said Spiro Stefanou, chair of the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department. “Our goal is to bring industry experts, researchers, policy and business leaders together to discuss the current and emerging challenges related to Florida as an engine of innovation, policy related to food, nutrition and consumer decision making, water quality and management, agricultural labor and the prospects for our fruit and vegetable industry.”
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