Task force submits recommendations to legislature

January 4, 2022

John LawrenceJohn Lawrence, Iowa State University vice president for extension and outreach, was part of the Farm to Table Task Force commissioned during the 2021 state legislative session to identify strategies to improve the farm-to-table supply chain in Iowa, with a special focus on increasing sales to institutional purchasers, including schools.

The task force was led by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

According to a Dec. 28 KIWA story, recommendations from the task force include improving sales of local foods to institutions, including farm-to-school and early care efforts, by increasing the efficiency of local food distribution and awareness of local options for institutional buyers; developing and supporting expanded processing opportunities for local foods; researching and increasing support for local food farming and scaling up local food agriculture; revitalizing and expanding the Local Food and Farm Advisory Council; and increasing the usage of the Farm-to-Food Donation Tax Credit and exploring other food donation programs.

News Type: