- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s state education and agriculture departments are teaming up to encourage schools and child care centers to serve more food that’s produced in the state.

The Department of Public Instruction is using a $75,000 federal grant to promote locally produced food. It will fund promotions, technical assistance and school activities.

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring say farm-to-school programs help improve students’ eating habits while also giving a boost to farmers and food processors in the state.

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