House Ag Committee Collects Input on Farm Bill

GT Thompson

Whole milk could be offered in schools under a bill introduced Jan. 30 by U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa.

Milk consumption in schools declined sharply after a 2010 law required flavored milk served by schools under the School Lunch Program to be fat free, Thompson said.

Dairy farmers have been clamoring for whole milk to be restored to the program. They argue that whole milk tastes better than skim.

Whole milk also generally commands a higher retail price.

Thompson said he hoped the bill “will bring a wider range of milk options to American lunchrooms so students can choose the kind they love best.”

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue allowed schools to serve 1 percent chocolate milk last year.

Among the bill’s co-sponsors are the Democratic and Republican chairmen of the House Ag Committee; Pennsylvanian Republicans John Joyce, Mike Kelly, Dan Meuser and Lloyd Smucker; and New York Republicans Chris Collins and Elise Stefanik.

Phil Gruber is the news editor at Lancaster Farming. He can be reached at (717) 721-4427 or pgruber.eph@lnpnews.com. Follow him @PhilLancFarming on Twitter.