News Date: 04/02/2008
Ohio Agriculture Director Robert Boggs chaired the first Ohio Food Policy Council meeting this week at the department's campus in Reynoldsburg. The council, which was created by Governor Ted Strickland in August 2007, will study the state's agriculture industry and establish policies to strengthen and promote its growth.
"This council is the first step in ensuring the plentiful fruits of our agricultural industry are accessible and affordable for all Ohio families," Boggs said. "We hope this council will boost the industry by increasing the amount of food grown, processed and consumed in Ohio. At the same time, we will work to create the network necessary to place these products on the dinner table of all Ohioans."
The council will study the state's $93 billion food and agriculture industry and will establish collaborative policies. Members will analyze food production, processing and consumption in Ohio to better link producers and consumers in local food systems. This network will help ensure citizens in need have greater access to fresh and nutritious food.
The council also will work to promote the growth of Ohio food products by assisting farmers and businesses in effectively marketing their products inside and out of the state. As part of these efforts, the council will address ways to protect Ohio's valuable farmland and water resources. (Contact: Cindy Brown, 614/752-4505)
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