Alabama Farmers Help

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed into law a bill that's designed to make it easier for local farmers
to sell their produce to Alabama public schools.

The Farm to School Procurement Act requires the state Agriculture Department and the state
Department of Education to investigate the potential for schools to purchase local farm products.

The House sponsor of the bill, Democratic state Rep. Elaine Beech of Chatom said the law calls for
schools to provide training to lunchroom staff on how prepare the fresh food.

Beech said the law will help children receive healthier meals and provide farmers with a new market to sell the produce.

The governor also signed a bill by Beech that provides for training for local school board members..

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