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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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Nebraska Thursdays Onboarding and Informational Webinar

Primary contacts are required to participate in the Nebraska Thursdays Onboarding and Informational Webinar. Earn .25 CEU’s for completing this 20 minute webinar.

Webinar will be available for viewing beginning August 15.

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    We want to hear how you are celebrating Nebraska Thursdays in your cafeteria, classroom, and community! Share your story about local foods on the fruit and vegetable bar, offering a student taste test, your experience sourcing from a local farmer, taking a farm field trip, or a recipe that your students love. A simple description about successes with your program will help other schools to gain great ideas and motivation. Photos can be uploaded in the box below. We prefer photos with signed USDA Release Forms.