Agriculture Department launches Buy Nevada program

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Updated: 1/02 5:54 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Buying local is a growing trend across the country. Now the Nevada Department of Agriculture is hoping to take advantage of that trend with a new program.

"Nevada agriculture has a 5.3 billion dollar economic impact," said Nevada Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Jessy Fagundes.  

Fagundes said they're trying to increase that impact with a with program called Buy Nevada.

Businesses that manufacture, grow or sell Nevada foods are eligible. 

"It is another way that they can reinforce the fact that they're selling products that are made and processed within the state," Fagundes said. 

Basic membership is free, but if you pay you get extra perks.

Fagundes said the website buynevada.org is a way for consumers to stay informed. 

"At the same time [it helps] to promote individual businesses that might not have the resources otherwise to promote themselves," she said.

So far a handful of businesses have signed up, including Kimmie Candy Company. CEO Joseph Dutra said he thinks it will boost sales. 

"If we get more recognition, we get more sales," Dutra said. "If we get more sales, we hire more people and it's a trickle down effect."

"It's a revolving door," said CEO of Nature's Bakery Dave Marson. "The more people that we employ here, the more money that's spent locally."
 
Marson said Buy Nevada isn't just good for the local economy but also the statewide agriculture industry. 

"If you could show that food manufacturing is viable here, I think you'll start to see some bigger players come into town," Marson said.

They said if Buy Nevada is sucessful, the state will be too.

"I hope to see Buy Nevada grow," Dutra said. "I hope to see a lot of small businesses get involved."

"[That] means higher paying jobs," Marson said. "It means bringing in technology. It means automation and that whole side of it so I just think it works for everybody."
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Kramer - 1/3/2014 4:57 PM
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2 B truly local, I'd suggest U name it "Gimme" Candy Co.
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