- Associated Press - Saturday, February 13, 2016

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) - A regional conference next month will focus on ways to encourage schools to get their food from local farmers and the benefits of that.

More than 200 people are expected to attend the March 2 event in Nebraska City. The conference will attract a mix of farmers, ranchers, school food service officials and others concerned about the issue.

Throughout the day, speakers will offer advice on ways to increase the amount of local food served in schools and ways to teach students more about healthy food.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs, Iowa Department of Agriculture and University of Missouri Extension.

More information is available online at https://www.cfra.org/midwest-farm-school .

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