Environment Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-76

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING CONNECTICUT'S FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM.

Vote Date:

2/24/2016

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/19/2016

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Environment Committee

Representative Joseph Gresko, 121st District

REASONS FOR BILL:

The legislation mandates furthering the state's Farm to School Program by facilitating purchases from local farmers by local and regional boards of education by no later than October 1, 2017. Given that the future of farming in Connecticut is dependent upon the economic viability of these farms, further efforts to align food procurement from local farms by state Boards of Education will serve to benefit agriculture statewide.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Gordon Gibson, Legislative Liaison – Connecticut State Grange: In his testimony, Mr. Gibson states that this legislation will “improve and enhance” markets available to farmers while providing stronger breakfast and lunch programs in our schools. He further refers to the proposal as a “win-win situation” for both Connecticut's children and local farmers.

Lisa Bassani, Director – Working Lands Alliance: Ms. Bassani states that this legislation will enable food service companies to “more fully utilize” Connecticut-grown products and give preference to proposals that achieve higher levels of local sourcing.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Expressed

Reported by: Jared Savas

Date: 2/25/16