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New Buy Nevada Program Aims To Help Local Businesses

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Thursday, the Nevada Department of Agriculture launched its new Buy Nevada program. The goal is to promote Nevada food and agriculture.

According to a recently released study, Nevada's agriculture industry has about a $5.3 billion economic impact in our state.

Touting Nevada agriculture and getting people to buy local products is a big deal. "Essentially what we are trying to do is to provide a place for people to go to find out what local food and agriculture products they can buy from state of Nevada businesses," said Bob Conrad, public information officer for the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

Buy Nevada helps businesses by promoting food processors, small farmers, large growing operations, restaurants, retailers, as well as distributors.

Kimmie Candy Company, which makes and sells candy in Reno and Nature's Bakery, have already teamed up with Buy Nevada.

Conrad said they will be looking for more businesses that want to pay to become a member of the Buy Nevada program and receive more promotion. There is also an option that allows you to join for free.

"Basically, any kind of business that makes food out of Nevada ingredients or processes food here out of Nevada. We are a brand new program. We do have five members already and we are really excited about that, but we hope to grow that statewide and have thousands of members."

There's more information about Buy Nevada at www.buynevada.org.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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