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The Processing Rule Webinar: A General Overview

This webinar will help you better understand changes to the new USDA Foods processing regulations. USDA staff will review highlights and answer questions.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-137
Alternative Value Pass-Through System Pilot Project under the Department of Defense Fresh (DoD Fresh) Program

The revised policy memo requires supplemental reporting from processors and requires state verification of credits provided by the processor to the SFA. Processors wishing to continue participation in the pilot will have to sign the attached revised NPA amendment to extend their participation in the pilot.

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Processing Webinar Series: USDA Foods Value Pass Through

This webinar explains how the money spent to buy USDA Foods for processing is returned to the state/schools through various value pass-through systems and explores real-life scenarios.

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Processing Webinar Series: USDA Foods Order Management and Monitoring, Part 2

This webinar is meant for state agencies and processors who operate USDA Foods in Schools programs. The webinar provides information on sales order receipting and the impact on the monthly performance report (MPR) as well as  information on inventory reconciliation at the national level and bond monitoring, covering the processor’s responsibility to monitor and to manage inbound orders and transfers, and providing an overview of state agency responsibilities and sweep procedures and tools for state reconciliation of MPRs. 

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Processing Webinar Series: USDA Foods Order Management and Monitoring, Part 1

This webinar shares an array of information on the USDA Foods catalog and schedules, ship-to process, order review and monitoring, order changes and communication, and order receiving and receipting.

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Processing Webinar Series: USDA Foods Strategic Ordering and Forecasting

This webinar explains how to be an ideal customer; shares best practices for planning, forecasting, and procurement of USDA Foods; discusses data and inventory analysis and shares tips for planning and ordering.

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USDA Foods Processing: Processing Agreements Webinar Series

This webinar provides an overview of minimum requirements from the federal perspective and discusses roles and responsibilities for participating in the USDA Foods Processing Program.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-136
Cancellation of Policy Memorandum FD-085, Nonfat Dry Milk Processing

Policy Memorandum FD-085, Nonfat Dry Milk Processing (dated March 27, 2009) is cancelled.  

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-134
Minimum Inventory Protection Requirements for Processors Participating in the National Processing Program

FNS is committed to rigorous oversight and controls over USDA Foods processing to ensure that state agencies and school food authorities (SF As) receive the full benefit of the USDA Foods entitled to them, consistent with 7 CFR Part 250. As such, the National Processing Agreement requires that participating processors must furnish to USDA inventory protection in the form of a surety bond, an irrevocable letter of credit, or an escrow account in order to guarantee that the processor will account for, return, or pay for all of the USDA Foods received or carried forward, either as physical or book inventory. The purpose of this memorandum is to inform processors of minimum inventory protection requirements effective beginning in School Year 2014-2015.

Resource | Policy Memos | FD-049
Substitution and Valuation of USDA Cheese

In November 2005, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued Policy Memorandum FD-049 to assist school food authorities (SFAs) in providing healthier options and a wider variety of cheese products for students. The policy memorandum permits processors to substitute cheese donated by the Department of Agriculture (i.e., USDA cheese) with other varieties of cheese produced for the commercial market.