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Important Updates for Schools Operating in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition has created a Web page with important information for schools as they provide food and shelter to residents in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

IDEA Public Schools and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District receive 2017 USDA Farm to School Grants

Congratulations to IDEA Public Schools and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District for receiving 2017 USDA Farm to School Grants. Both will use the funds to strengthen connections between students and Texas agriculture.

TDA Serves up New Software to School Nutrition Programs

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s MENU software platform is now available for all Texas school districts to use free of charge.

Flexibility for School Lunch Regulations Announced

Chairman Roberts and Secretary Perdue have announced National School Lunch Program regulatory flexibility. The flexibility relates to postponement of sodium targets, flexibility regarding serving non-whole grain rich products, and an allowance for 1 percent milkfat flavored milk to be served. Specific details regarding implementation will be provided by the Texas Department of Agriculture at a later date.

Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony on April 25 at the Supreme Court building. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on April 24.

Dairy Max Scholarships

Dairy MAX, Inc., the local checkoff promotion organization funded by dairy farmers, offers five $1,000 academic scholarships for students entering the field of agriculture, culinary arts, education or science (a maximum of $2,500 may be awarded based on quality of application).

Area Flooding Assistance Options

As the Houston area recovers from devastating floods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture are offering guidance that independent school districts affected by the flooding may use to assist their communities.

Odyssey After School Enrichment Program is Establishing the 3E's

Odyssey After School Enrichment Program enlists wide-ranging support to teach young school children

Texas Schools recognized with the Perfect Peach Award

TDA is recognizing 65 National School Lunch Program participants for responding to the Local Products Challenge and serving local ingredients from three or more meal components during October! Read the full story for a list of recognized schools.

AASA Awards Grant to Spring ISD

Spring ISD was one of only 11 school districts nationwide and the only one in Texas to receive a grant to increase breakfast participation from AASA, The School Superintendents Association!

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