"This is an important step for the school districts, parents and taxpayers who would shoulder the burden of USDA's proposed $6.8-billion school meal regulation that will not increase the delivery of key nutrients. The National Potato Council and our state and local partners appreciate the leadership of the conference committee in retaining the Collins-Udall amendment from the Senate agriculture appropriations bill. We hope to once again work with USDA to promote the nutritional and economic value of potatoes, which provide school food service professionals the flexibility they need to deliver healthy meals to students."
SOURCE: National Potato Council
President Obama signed a government funding extension that included 2012 appropriations funding for USDA and five other agencies on Friday, Nov. 18.
The bill also included the bipartisan Senate amendment sponsored by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mark Udall (D-CO) and adopted on October 18 by unanimous consent. The amendment prohibits the use of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds to implement rules that would set maximum serving limits on vegetables, including potatoes, in school meal programs.
SOURCE: Spudman magazine