Iowa is now tracking how much local food goes toward local schools.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) announced today that it's the first in the nation to track how much food Iowa school services buy from local farms.
The most recent data shows by November 2015, schools had purchased about $35,000 worth of local food, the most from frozen dairy products at about two thousand pounds worth around $5,500. The least was broccoli at four pounds for about three dollars.
IDALS partnered with the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service on these reports, which are set to be released at the end of every month for the school year.
The numbers are submitted voluntarily and the Department of Agriculture looks to add more names to the reporting list.