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Indiana Grown Commission now accepting applications

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The Indiana Grown Initiative Commission is now accepting applications for the 12 positions it has open, Lt. Gov. Sue Elspermann announced Thursday.

The IGIC was created by a law signed by Gov. Mike Pence on March 27. The legislation creates a commission that oversees the programs that market and promote Indiana-produced agriculture.

“The Indiana agriculture industry produces a wide variety of high-quality products that Hoosiers can enjoy and use,” Ellspermann said in a prepared statement. “With the growing interest in home-grown products in our grocery stores and our restaurant menus, now is the perfect time to launch a marketing program to clearly identify those products grown or produced right here by Indiana farmers. I look forward to the input and support from the new commission members on this initiative.”

The twelve-member commission will provide guidance and direction to the staff of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, which will be responsible for connecting businesses that use or sell agricultural products – such as restaurants, grocers, wholesalers, processors, and farmers’ markets – with Indiana-based producers of meat, fruits, vegetables, wine and forest products.

“The Indiana Grown Initiative is an innovative and positive approach to creating a consumer preference for Hoosier grown products,” Ted McKinney, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, said. “The time is now to elevate Hoosier awareness of Indiana products. This initiative will act as the perfect catalyst to increase market awareness of locally grown and produced products in Indiana.”

More information on the IGIC can be found here.

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