Farm-to-school fund, ch 51
AGRICULTURE AND LAND STEWARDSHIP DEPARTMENT
Notice of Intended Action
Proposing rule making related to farm-to-school fund
and providing an opportunity for public comment
The Agriculture and Land Stewardship Department hereby proposes to adopt new Chapter 51, "Farm-to-School Fund," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 190A.6 as enacted by 2021 Iowa Acts, Senate File 578, section 7.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, 2021 Iowa Acts, Senate File 578.
Purpose and Summary
This proposed rule making implements 2021 Iowa Acts, Senate File 578, by laying out a process for schools to participate in the farm-to-school local food reimbursement program. Schools may be reimbursed by the Department for up to $1,000 in local food purchases per year on a three-to-one matching basis.
These proposed rules address how schools can apply to participate, describe eligible purchases, and set forth the reimbursement process.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 21—Chapter 8.
Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m.on January 18, 2022. Comments should be directed to:
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Wallace State Office Building
502 East 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
The following rule-making action is proposed:
Adopt the following new 21—Chapter 51:
21—51.1(190A) Purpose. The purpose of the farm-to-school fund is to assist schools and school districts in purchasing food locally grown or produced by Iowa farmers to serve in school meals or as snacks.
"Department" means the department of agriculture and land stewardship.
"Food product" means a perishable or nonperishable product derived from processing a food commodity to be fit for human consumption, including but not limited to cuts of meat, poultry, or fish; shelled aquatic items; pasteurized milk or dairy products; washed shelled eggs; honey; maple syrup; cleaned unshelled or shelled nuts; washed whole produce; and washed and cut produce.
"School" means a public school or nonpublic school, as those terms are defined in Iowa Code section 280.2, or that portion of a public school or nonpublic school that provides facilities for teaching any grade from kindergarten through grade 12.
21—51.3(190A) Application to participate. To participate in the farm-to-school program, schools must register with the department each school year. A school may apply to the department at any time during the school year.
21—51.4(190A) Eligible purchases.
51.4(1) Schools may be reimbursed for the purchase of a food product if either of the following applies:
a. The food product was produced by a farm source located in this state.
b. If the school district shares a border with another state, or the school is part of a school district that shares a border with another state, the farm source may be located in the other state. However, the farm source must be located within 30 miles of the school district's border with the other state and the department must approve the purchase in advance.
51.4(2) Purchases must follow United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) child nutrition program procurement requirements.
21—51.5(190A) Reimbursement for purchases.
51.5(1) Participating schools or districts must submit a request for reimbursement to the department, and proof of purchase must be provided at that time.
51.5(2) The department will reimburse $1 for every $3 spent by the school or school district, up to $1,000, as funds are available.
These rules are intended to implement Iowa Code chapter 190A.