Push for local food links Missouri schools, farmers - KMOV.com

Push for local food links Missouri schools, farmers

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By Bryce Moore By Bryce Moore

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A University of Missouri Extension program is working to connect public school districts with farmers to bring more locally grown food into school cafeterias.
  
Officials with the Farm to School initiative are holding a workshop Wednesday in St. Louis as well as a March 2 conference call and a March 30 session in Springfield. A similar session took place in Kirksville last month.
  
The Missouri effort comes as the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering grants of up to $100,000 in 2012 as part of a $5 million program to promote farm-to-school projects nationwide.
  
Workshop information can be found online at http://hcrc.missouri.edu/farmtoschool .
  
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