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New Ohio Proud Logo and Web Site Unveiled
USAgNet - 04/03/2008

Gov. Ted Strickland, along with Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs, Wednesday revealed an easier way for consumers to find Ohio-made and grown agricultural products during the state's new Ohio Proud logo and Web site unveiling at the Statehouse.

"Ohio is a diverse supplier of more than 200 agricultural crops and is a producer of many more specialty food products, giving our state the potential to provide fresh, locally-produced food," said Strickland. "The improved Ohio Proud program falls right in line with our goal to provide safe, local foods to consumers, and to create new opportunities for local growers, producers, and processors."

The re-launch of the program, which was originally created in 1993, came after research conducted by The Ohio State University revealed the importance of the program to consumers, and that the original marketing program was not on target with changing consumer trends. Of those polled, 90 percent said they were willing to spend up to $0.50 more for an Ohio product over a national brand, and 98 percent of those surveyed said they would rather purchase Ohio products over another brand. The study also revealed that people want fresh, healthier products and to know that their purchases help provide jobs and support Ohio's farmers and agribusinesses. However, results also showed that consumers did not relate the former Ohio Proud logo to agriculture and fresh, locally-grown products.

"The state's Ohio Proud program has been a great tool to educate consumers about the importance of buying local," said Boggs. "After much research, planning and collaboration, the new program has been restructured and improved to fit current times and trends."

When consumers buy Ohio food and agricultural products they are supporting the state's farmers and food processors. Food and agriculture is the state's top industry, contributing more than $93 billion to the state's economy and employing one in seven Ohioans.

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