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Pierz among 40 school districts to take part in free milk program until 2030

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Keith Ellison

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Tuesday, Nov. 19, his office entered into an agreement that will help more than 40 Minnesota school districts and related programs afford to buy milk for students through 2030.

The Pierz School District was among those selected to benefit from the agreement.

According to a news release, this is the first time since Ellison assumed office that the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office has taken steps to protect consumers and producers from allegedly non-competitive behavior in agricultural markets.

“Milk in schools isn’t a luxury — it’s a staple and a necessity,” Ellison stated in the release. “The families of children that rely on school milk are trying to afford their lives. So are the families that produce school milk. Anticompetitive behavior in agriculture in the form of market integration is making it hard for both of them to do that. My office intervened to make sure prices of this staple can remain affordable for thousands of kids and their families, and for thousands of Minnesota taxpayers, for the next decade.”

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