I appreciate that there have been a lot of messages this week, but there has been a good amount of important information. USDA today put out the following report with respect to “… State-of-origin data for fiscal year (FY) 2016,1 which captures information on States where USDA purchased foods in that year. Vegetable products including fresh, frozen, canned or dried options accounted for the largest proportion (nearly 30 percent) of USDA Foods by weight purchased in FY 2016. Fruits and proteins represented the second and third largest weight share of USDA Foods purchased (over 20 percent each).”
This is significant information for both the membership and the public at large in understanding the reach of USDA foods.