January 2020 Special Session
2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
February 7, 2020 - Introduced by
Committee on Assembly Organization, by
request of Governor Tony Evers. Referred to Committee on Agriculture.
1An Act to renumber and amend
93.49 (3) (a); and to create
93.49 (3) (a) 1. of 2
the statutes; relating to: farm to school grants and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires that in awarding grants under the farm to school program,
the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection must give
preference to school districts that have a high percentage of students that are eligible
for free or reduced-price lunches under federal law. Current law requires DATCP
to promote farm to school programs, which connect schools with nearby farms to
provide children with locally produced foods in school meals.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
93.49 (3) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 93.49 (3) (a) (intro.) and 4
amended to read:
(a) (intro.) From the appropriation under s. 20.115 (4) (as), the 6
department shall provide grants to school districts, in coordination with the
department of public instruction, and to nonprofit organizations, farmers, and any 2
other entities for the creation and expansion of farm to school programs. The 3
department shall give preference to the following types of
that are innovative or that provide models that other school 5
districts can adopt.
93.49 (3) (a) 1. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 1. Proposals from school districts in which a high percentage of 8
pupils satisfy the income eligibility criteria under 42 USC 1758
(b) (1) for a free or 9
(1) Farm to school grants.
In the schedule under s. 20.005 (3) for the 12
appropriation to the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection 13
under s. 20.115 (4) (as), the dollar amount for fiscal year 2019-20 is increased by 14
$200,000 for the purpose for which the appropriation is made. In the schedule under 15
s. 20.005 (3) for the appropriation to the department of agriculture, trade and 16
consumer protection under s. 20.115 (4) (as), the dollar amount for fiscal year 17
2020-21 is increased by $200,000 for the purpose for which the appropriation is 18