- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets is offering $49,000 in funding for schools interested in feeding more locally produced food to schoolchildren.

Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross says farm-to-school programming helps people in Vermont schools and communities build a connection between agriculture and the next generation of Vermonters, while also teaching students to make healthy choices.

In the past seven years, the state of Vermont has given nearly $775,000 to 70 schools or supervisory unions to support the integration of local foods in school cafeterias, classrooms and communities.

Completed grant applications are due by Oct. 28.

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