Agriculture has always been an integral part of Indiana’s economy. We have 19 million acres of farms, forests and woodlands, and Indiana’s 57,500 farming operations grow, produce and process some of the highest-quality products around the world. To encourage Hoosiers to buy locally grown products, the Indiana Grown program, established by the Indiana General Assembly in 2014 and launched in 2015, focuses on promoting locally-based agricultural products.
Hoosiers spend $16 billion per year buying food, but less than 10 percent of that is sourced from within the state. Indiana Grown is a branding program that helps Indiana farmers and producers have a greater market in Indiana for their products and gives consumers a way to identify fresh produce. After a business becomes a member, the Indiana Grown logo is placed on their products, which helps consumers more easily identify and purchase products that have been made by Hoosiers.
Indiana Grown keeps jobs and financial growth in the community by supporting Hoosier businesses and farms. The program fosters job creation, building sustainable communities and preserving Indiana’s agricultural heritage. Whether it is at a farmers market or grocery store, when an Indiana Grown product is bought, it helps local farmers and producers succeed as well as the state economy as a whole.
Since the program was launched, the number of members in the program has grown to over 750. This success shows that demand for local products is present and we should further encourage buying locally grown products.
There are four different types of Indiana grown memberships. In the 100 Percent Indiana category, all of the ingredients as well as the products themselves are sourced and produced in Indiana. Next is the Prepared in Indiana category. Ingredients in this category can be sourced from out of state, but the product must be produced in Indiana. Then there are partners that assist in marketing Indiana Grown products. The final category is the Indiana Grown category, which applies to all other members.
When at the grocery store or market, be on the lookout for options with the Indiana Grown label. Those who grow, make, raise, produce, process or sell products that come from Indiana, should consider joining the Indiana Grown community. Visit www.IndianaGrown.org to apply online or for more information, email IndianaGrown@isda.in.gov or call 317-232-8770. For any other ideas or questions, contact me at email@example.com or 317-232-9648.
State Rep. Steve Davisson represents Washington County and parts of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.
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