Farm 2 School program in Holmen highlighted during Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture visit

The visit came on National Farmers Day.

HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) – State leaders are celebrating our local ‘Farm 2 School’ programs.

Secretary of Agriculture Randy Romanski visited Holmen High School Tuesday to discuss the programs with students and staff.

He also toured the school’s greenhouse.

Romanski says farm to school programs benefit the entire district.

“For students that might not be in the agriculture programs here, it’s a great opportunity for them to eat something in their lunch room that was grown just a few feet away, which is remarkable,” said Romanski.

The Secretary also visited schools in Trempealeau and Independence.

Learning about agriculture is an opportunity students realize is an important part of the classes.

“We’re able to do, like, hands-on activities. Most schools don’t have the opportunity to do that,” said Holmen FFA Chapter vice president Hope Knudtson.

The visit came on National Farmers Day.

Wisconsin agriculture contributes more than $104 billion dollars annually to the state’s economy.