1An Act to create
15.137 (3), 20.115 (4) (as), 20.115 (4) (at) and 93.49 of the 2
statutes; relating to: promoting the use of locally grown food in school meals
3and snacks and granting rule-making authority.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer
Protection (DATCP) to promote farm to school programs. A farm to school program
seeks to connect schools with nearby farms to provide children with locally produced
fresh foods in school meals and snacks, help children develop healthy eating habits,
provide nutritional and agricultural education, and improve farmers' incomes. The
bill also creates a program for DATCP to provide grants to school districts, nonprofit
organizations, and others for the creation and expansion of farm to school programs.
The bill establishes a farm to school council to advise DATCP and to report to the
legislature about the needs and opportunities for farm to school programs.
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:
SB536, s. 1
15.137 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
15.137 (3) Farm to school council.
(a) There is created in the department of 2
agriculture, trade and consumer protection a farm to school council.
(b) The secretary of agriculture, trade and consumer protection shall appoint 4
to the council an employee of the department and shall appoint farmers, experts in 5
child health, school food service personnel, and other persons with interests in 6
agriculture, nutrition, and education.
(c) The secretary of health services shall appoint to the council an employee of 8
the department of health services.
(d) The superintendent of public instruction shall appoint to the council an 10
employee of the department of public instruction.
SB536, s. 2
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 12
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
SB536, s. 3
20.115 (4) (as) of the statutes is created to read:
(as) Farm to school grants.
The amounts in the schedule for farm 15
to school grants under s. 93.49 (3).
SB536, s. 4
20.115 (4) (at) of the statutes is created to read:
(at) Farm to school program administration.
The amounts in the 2
schedule for promotion of farm to school programs under s. 93.49.
SB536, s. 5
93.49 of the statutes is created to read:
493.49 Farm to school programs. (1) Definition.
In this section, "farm to 5
school program" means a program to connect schools with nearby farms to provide 6
children with locally produced fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutritious, 7
locally produced foods in school breakfasts, lunches, and snacks; help children 8
develop healthy eating habits; provide nutritional and agricultural education; and 9
improve farmers' incomes and direct access to markets.
10(2) Department responsibilities.
(a) The department shall promote farm to 11
school programs. The department shall encourage schools, as part of farm to school 12
programs, to purchase food produced in this state and to provide nutritional and 13
agricultural education, including farm visits, cooking demonstrations, and 14
composting and gardening at schools.
(b) The department shall do all of the following in carrying out its 16
responsibilities under par. (a):
1. Identify impediments to providing locally produced fresh fruits and 18
vegetables and other nutritious, locally produced foods in school breakfasts, lunches, 19
and snacks and seek to reduce those impediments.
2. Advise other state agencies and local agencies on actions to promote farm to 21
school programs and coordinate the department's activities under this subsection 22
with related activities of other state agencies, including the department of public 23
instruction and the department of health services, local agencies, and nonprofit 24
3. Promote communications between local farmers and schools and sales of food 2
from local farmers to schools.
4. Conduct training and provide technical assistance for school food service 4
personnel and managers, farmers, and food distributors and processors concerning 5
farm to school programs and food safety and procurement.
5. Promote farm to school programs through a public education campaign.
6. Provide information on its Internet site concerning farm to school programs.
7. Consult with the farm to school council and other interested persons.
9(3) Grant program.
(a) From the appropriation under s. 20.115 (4) (as), the 10
department shall provide grants to school districts, nonprofit organizations, 11
farmers, and any other entities for the creation and expansion of farm to school 12
programs. The department shall give preference to proposals that are innovative or 13
that provide models that other school districts can adopt.
(b) The department may provide funding under this subsection for projects that 15
do any of the following:
1. Create, expand, diversify, or promote production, processing, marketing, and 17
distribution of food produced in this state for sale to schools in this state.
2. Create, expand, or renovate facilities, including purchases of equipment for 19
the facilities, that would ensure the use of food produced in this state in schools in 20
3. Provide, expand, or promote training for training for food service personnel, 22
farmers, and distributors.
4. Provide, expand, or promote nutritional and agricultural education in the 24
(c) The department shall consult with the farm to school council and other 2
interested persons to establish grant priorities for each fiscal year.
The department shall promulgate rules for the administration of 4
At least annually, the farm to school council shall report to the 6
legislature under s. 13.172 (2) and to the secretary on the needs and opportunities 7
for farm to school programs.
(1) Position authorization.
The authorized FTE positions for the department 10
of agriculture, trade and consumer protection are increased by 1.0 GPR position to 11
be funded from the appropriation under section 20.115 (4) (at) of the statutes, as 12
created by this act, for promotion of farm to school programs.