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Farm To School Partners

Nebraska Dry Bean Commission (NDBC) supports Nebraska dry bean growers and processors through programs of research, education and promotion. A strong supporter of farm to school, follow NDBC events, trainings and recipes at


Midwest Dairy Council (MDC) supports the 8,000 dairy farm families that call the Midwest their home! Resources, promotional materials and grant funds are all available through MDC to fuel educational programs and promote farm to school efforts.


Nebraska Beef Council (NBC) is a resource for Nebraska community members, beef producers and beef processors, as well as schools. NBC is an expert in agriculture and culinary education and provides resources and tools for recipe development, nutrition and agriculture education and making connections to producers and processors.


Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA) is a supporting farm to school partner and a leading force engaging people to build a better rural future. CFRA provides resources, support and training for new and beginning farmers, and leads efforts on local food and farm policy, network development and small business training, technical assistance and financing.  


Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska (BFBL) is a supporting farm to school partner and leader in promoting the production and consumption of local food. BFBL identifies the needs of diversified family farms for training and technical assistance, makes connections from growers to markets, and expands consumer awareness about local producers and businesses.


National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into school systems and early care and education environments. Nebraska Department of Education Nutrition Services is the core partner in Nebraska with NFSN for farm to school work.



USDA’s Farm to School Program is housed in the Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS). OCFS helps child nutrition program operators incorporate local foods in the National School Lunch Program and its associated programs, as well as the Summer Food Service Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program. In addition, OCFS staff works with tribal communities to respond to their desire to better incorporate traditional foods into our meal programs. OCFS accomplishes this through grant making, training and technical assistance and research.

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Direct Certification Training 2018

This course will introduce training participants to the new Direct Certification(DC) System used for free or reduced price meal benefits.

All School Food Authorities (SFAs) are required to have at least one staff member attend training.  The only exceptions are Residential Child Care Institutions, Educational Services Units, milk only schools, and summer camps.  Ideally, training participants are staff member(s) who work directly with the CNP Direct Certification system.

Training Dates & Locations

July 6, 2018
Missouri Room
6949 S 110th St
La Vista, NE
Registration Deadline: 6/29/18
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July 19, 2018
July 20, 2018*
Missouri Room
6949 S 110th St
La Vista, NE
Registration Deadline: 7/12/18
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July 9, 2018
SCC – Beatrice
Adams Hall, Room 105
4771 West Scott Rd
Beatrice, NE
Registration Deadline: 7/2/18
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July 25, 2018
July 26, 2018
4215 Ave I
Scottsbluff, NE
Registration Deadline: 7/18/18
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July 11, 2018
July 12, 2018
July 30, 2018
UNK – Kearney
College of Education Building Room C104
1615 W 24th St
Kearney, NE
Registration Deadline: 7/23/18


  1. Take exit 272 into Kearney
  2. Turn Right onto 2nd Ave (NE 44)
  3. After 2 Miles, Turn Left onto W. 25th Street (HWY 30)
  4. After approx. 1 Mile, Turn Left onto W. 24th Street.
  5. The North side of the College of Education is the big building that’s straight ahead, on the Left side of the street.
  6. Turn Left into Parking Lot 14.
  7. Park at the South End of the Parking Lot by the Middle Doors.
  8. There is a sign that says ‘College of Education’.
  9. Upon entering the building, turn Right for the Direct Certification Training in Room C104.


August 1, 2018
August 2, 2018
Central Community College – Extended Campus
Room 122
505 Easy Highway 20
O’Neill, NE
Registration Deadline: 7/25/18
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July 17, 2018
July 18, 2018
SCC – Lincoln
Jack Huck Continuing Ed Center
301 S 68 St Pl Room 212
Lincoln, NE
Registration Deadline: 7/10/18
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August 8, 2018
August 9, 2018
Northeast Community College – Norfolk
Lifelong Learning Center
Suite A
801 E Benjamin
Norfolk, NE
Registration Deadline: 7/30/18
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Registration Requirements: Registration is required as space is limited.  The registration deadline is 7 days prior to the training date that is offered at each location.  Multiple training dates are listed for some locations; however, you only need to register for one training session.  Each participant must bring their own CNP log in to work in the system and complete class survey/assessments.  If you have any registration questions or are in need of special accommodations, please call (800) 731-2233 or (402) 471-2488.

Registration is Required to Attend – Click here to register now on the CNP Website

All Training will be held from 9am to 4pm.  Lunch will be on your own from 11:30am to 12:30pm.
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To maximize training resources; (1) training dates may be combined in order to ensure that each day of training has at least 12 registered participants; (2) SFAs with more than one registered participant may be asked to share the same computer.

If any participants require a sign language interpreter, alternate formats of print materials or wheelchair accessibility, please notify our office at least two weeks prior to the workshop date at (800) 731-2233 or (402) 471-2488.


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