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Title:Farm to School Census.
OMB Control Number:0536--NEW.
Summary of Collection:Section 243 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-296) directed USDA to establish a Farm to School program in order to assist eligible entities through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve the access to local foods in eligible schools. Under 7 U.S.C. 427, the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized and directed to conduct and to stimulate research into the laws and principles underlying the basic problems of agriculture in its broadest aspects, including but limited to research relating to the improvement of the quality of, and the development of new and improved methods of the production, marketing, distribution, processing, and utilization of plant and animal commodities at all stages from the original producer through the ultimate consumer. The Farm to School Census is a new, one-time, data collection. A questionnaire on purchases of local foods and other farm to school related activities will be sent to public school district School Food Authorities (SFA) in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
Need and Use of the Information:USDA's Farm to School Program will use data from the Farm to School Census to develop a baseline assessment of farm to school programs and to set priorities for USDA outreach and technical support, as mandated by the HHFKA. The Farm to School Census will also be used to establish a baselinemeasure of local food purchases in schools and set priorities for USDA programming related to local school food sourcing. The Farm to School Census data will be used in mapping SFAs that procured local foods for school meal programs in 2011-12 in order to characterize the geographic distribution farm to school programs and obtain State-level estimates of the prevalence of local procurement among SFAs.
Description of Respondents:State, Local or Tribal Government.
Number of Respondents:13,680.
Frequency of Responses:Reporting: On occasion.
Total Burden Hours:1,901.