Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 10, 2006
Senator Daisy Lawler
Farm-to-School Bill Heads to Full
Daisy Lawler said she was very pleased that her Farm-to-School
legislation had passed its first challenge in the legislative
process. Senate Bill 1515 won approval by the Subcommittee
on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services this week
and will next be heard by the full Appropriations Committee.
“We conducted a series of hearings during the
interim that convinced us Farm-to-School was a win-win
program with benefit for our children, our schools,
our local farms and our rural economies. I’m excited
we’ve been able to get this concept into bill
form and get it moving through the legislature,”
said Lawler, D-Comanche.
Lawler, who chairs the Senate Agriculture and Rural
Development Committee, explained the idea is to help
market locally grown produce to area schools. Children
get the benefit of more nutritious foods, while area
farmers benefit with a large local consumer base.
initial pilot program which helped market Oklahoma-grown
watermelons to local schools was a wonderful success.
Now we want to expand that success to schools across
the state and let their children enjoy a variety of
Oklahoma grown produce,” Lawler said.
The program has the support of the Oklahoma Fit Kids
Coalition, the Department of Agriculture and the Kerr
Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
If the measure wins approval by the Appropriations Committee,
it will then move to
the full Senate for further consideration.
more information contact:
Senate Communication's Office - (405) 521-5774