Ag Candidates Weigh In on School Lunch Program

Ahead of Tuesday’s primaries, the eight Republican and Democratic candidates for Texas agriculture commissioner have discussed a range of issues, including federal environmental regulations, border security and whether to legalize marijuana.

Now they’re addressing how they would run one of the biggest programs in the Texas Department of Agriculture: the federally funded school breakfast and lunch program, which served more than 800 million meals to Texas schoolchildren during the last school year.

The program had been run by the Texas Education Agency, but when Comptroller Susan Combs was elected agriculture commissioner more than 10 years ago, she took on childhood ...

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