US Potato Industry challenged to put 3000 potato-friendly salad-bars in schools
January 16, 2015
United States Potato Board President & CEO Blair Richardson surprised attendees at the POTATO EXPO 2015 with an industry challenge to install 3,000 potato-friendly salad bars in school lunch programs across the United States.
USDA changes school lunch requirements
December 16, 2012
Under pressure from lawmakers, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has changed its school lunch requirements to allow more meats and grains. Several farm-state senators from both parties had been pushing USDA to change its school lunch requirements...
Nutritionist: kids like potatoes
January 27, 2012
Potatoes can be presented in kid-friendly ways and are nutritious to boot. Montana nutritionist and author Dayle Hayes showed a variety of potato dishes being served in U.S. schools to growers Wednesday at the Washington-Oregon Potato Conference.Kids l...
Maine Potato Board honors Sen. Collins for keeping spuds in school lunches
November 22, 2011
After eating a potato-plentiful lunch that she deemed both “delicious and nutritious,” U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was honored Monday afternoon for her work in assuring that schools across the nation are free to serve potatoes to students. During a lunche...
School lunch amendment signed into law
November 18, 2011
President Obama signed a government funding extension that included 2012 appropriations funding for USDA and five other agencies on Friday, November 18. The bill also included the bipartisan Senate amendment sponsored by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) ...
Conference Committee Retains Senate Amendment Supporting Potatoes in School Meals
November 16, 2011
As the US legislation regarding school meal programs makes is way through the various stages of the approval process, a new stage has been reached and the provision that prohibits the USDA to set limits to vegetables is preserved in the current text un...
AFFI applauds senate approval of Collins-Udall Amendment to block limit on Starchy vegetables in Schools
October 19, 2011
AFFI President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz issued the following statement today in support of an amendment to a Senate agriculture appropriations bill that blocks the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from limiting the amount of potatoes, corn, peas, li...