Published: Oct 17, 2011 8:08 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has gotten federal approval to take over Florida's school nutrition programs.
    
Putnam announced the decision Monday at a Jacksonville elementary school.
    
The state's Department of Education currently has oversight of school lunches and other nutrition programs.
    
Putnam has made taking responsibility for the programs a priority since his election last year.
    
He says it'll let him direct more fresh fruits and vegetables to schools. Putnam says that will result in healthier eating habits.
    
The Florida Legislature earlier this year passed a law transferring oversight to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. That was contingent, though, on getting a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    
The transfer will take place Jan. 1.

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