Farm to School Initiative Kicks Off Today

West Virginia officials are promoting schools as a lucrative market for the state's farmers. State agriculture and education officials plan to start a statewide Farm to School initiative at a luncheon today featuring locally produced foods. Agriculture officials are working with local farmers to produce cold-weather crops and to ensure adequate meat production to meet school needs. Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick says farmers have an untapped market in county school systems. Those school systems spend about $100 million each year feeding students. Most of that is spent on goods produced outside West Virginia.