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Farm Progress America, January 5, 2024

Mike Pearson takes a look at a bill passed by the House of Representatives that if it gets passed by the U.S. Senate would allow whole milk back onto school's menus.

January 5, 2024

Mike Pearson takes a look at a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives before the Christmas holiday.

In 2012, the USDA took issue with the national school lunch program and the use of whole milk in it.

It was an effort to fight childhood obesity.

Arguments by dairy producers, dieticians, school officials and others have been going trying to get whole milk back into the healthy lunch program at the USDA. The argument is that whole milk creates healthy children and is a source of 13 vitamins and minerals.

If the bill is passed, it would mean whole milk is back on the menu and it could be unflavored or flavored.

It passed in the House of Representatives with a vote of 330-99.

Now, it's onto the U.S. Senate. version into this summer. The bill has 10 co-sponsors.

The bill still has a long way to go before passing.

Those who want the bill passed are asked to contact their state legislator and ask them to vote to pass it.

Farm Progress America is a daily look at key issues in agriculture. It is produced and presented by Mike Pearson, farm broadcaster and host of This Week in Agribusiness.

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