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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

WI grants promoting local good help boost sales

From a story posted on Channel3000:

A Wisconsin grant program to foster sales of locally grown food has generated more than $2 in sales for every $1 given in grants.

That's according to a new report from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The department gave $225,000 worth of grants last year in its new Buy Local Buy Wisconsin program. Grant recipients reported nearly $584,000 in new sales in the program's first six months.

The DATCP report said the grant recipients also reported sales to new customers who don't usually buy from farms, such as hospitals and tourists.

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