The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens


House members ask Vilsack to ease school lunch rules

House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., has joined more than 40 Republican members in asking Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to ease rules for the school meals programs under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

The House members suggested “keeping the whole grain requirement at 50 percent, suspending the ‘Target 2’ sodium requirements, and allowing any food item permitted to be served as part of a reimbursable meal to be sold at any time as a competitive food.”

Even though Vilsack has already said that the law forbids USDA from issuing waivers of the nutrition requirements of the act, the House members asked him to find a way to follow report language in an appropriations bill to issue waivers.

Forty-three members signed the letter, including one other Democrat, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick of Ariz.
  • Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill.
  • Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D.
  • Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky.
  • Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah
  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-La.
  • Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich.
  • Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas
  • Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind.
  • Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio
  • Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill.
  • Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif.
  • Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio
  • Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wis.
  • Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.
  • Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo.
  • Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C.
  • Rep. Steve Pearce, R-Texas
  • Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.
  • Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa.
  • Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash.
  • Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas
  • Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark.
  • Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas
  • Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
  • Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev.
  • Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss.
  • Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn.
  • Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo.
  • Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn.
  • Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y.
  • Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark.
  • Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla.
  • Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio
  • Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y.
  • Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio
  • Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz.
  • Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.
  • Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn.
  • Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark.
  • Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio
  • Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.
  • Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind.

School lunch letter to Vilsack