Midwest Ag Departments Say ‘Buy Local’

As states continue to revitalize and invest in their economies and support their small businesses, residents, visitors and consumers can help by buying from local farmers and food-based businesses, DATCP says.

A video featuring comments from state agriculture commissioners, directors and secretaries across the Midwest explains there are endless ways to help support the state’s farming, food and agricultural businesses, from buying fresh produce or jams at your favorite farmers market to eating at an area farm to table restaurant or picking up some tasty state made foods at the grocery store.

The following group of leaders also joined together to share their appreciation for agricultural and food workers:

  • Jerry Costello II, Director, Illinois Department of Agriculture
  • Bruce Kettler, Director, Indiana State Department of Agriculture
  • Ryan Quarles, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Agriculture
  • Thom Petersen, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Gary McDowell, Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Dorothy Pelanda, Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Randy Romanski, Secretary-designee, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection 

See the full video and a transcript: https://youtu.be/jrX-7CBYYkU