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New ‘Indiana Grown’ Program Launches Tuesday

Most of the corn grown in Indiana is a kind that is resistant to Roundup herbicide, but Monsanto is seeking approval to grow a new genetically-modified crop.

The Indiana Department of Agriculture this week will announce the launch of Indiana Grown, a program promoting products made and produced in the Hoosier State.

A kind-of “Made in Indiana” brand isn’t new. But state Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney says the previous version was underfunded and understaffed and, thus, ineffective.

McKinney says the new program, Indiana Grown, is much more robust, with funding from the Department of Agriculture. And he says Hoosiers can already see results.

“Some milk from Fair Oaks Farms into Kroger carries the Indiana Grown label.  Creighton Brothers, a very reputable hen-laying operation in north and east Indiana, provides a lot of the eggs to Marsh,” McKinney says.

Indiana Grown project manager David King says the program can help farmers, producers and consumers – because, as he puts it, the state needs Indiana people buying Indiana products.

“It’s not a very good thing when 90 percent of the food we eat in Indiana comes from some other state,” King says.

The state has already secured more than 100 Indiana Grown members and partners ahead of its July 7 launch.

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