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House Bill 1514 is an Act amending Title 3 (Agriculture) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for the Farm-to-School Program; and making a related repeal.

Rep. John Hershey (R-Juniata/Mifflin/Franklin)
Rep. John Hershey (R-Juniata/Mifflin/Franklin)

HARRISBURG – The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a package of bills that included one sponsored by Rep. John Hershey (R-Juniata/Mifflin/Franklin) in pursuit of supporting agriculture education.

House Bill 1514 would revise and reestablish the Healthy Farms Healthy Schools program, which provides grants up to $15,000 for public, charter and private schools that want to teach young children about nutrition and agriculture.

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This bill expands opportunities for direct marketing for farmers and visits to farms for schoolchildren.

“It is important we equip teachers who want to incorporate nutrition and agriculture education into their curriculum. Because of a diminished number of farms in the state and societal changes, some children have no connection to the farm. Unfortunately, many think their food originates on a grocery store shelf,” Hershey said.

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“Educational, hands-on experiences for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade help them have a healthy diet while they are developing lifelong eating habits,.

Rep. John Hershey (R-Juniata/Mifflin/Franklin)

House Bill 1514 is one of 10 bills passed by the committee Thursday. They now go to the full House for consideration.

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