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Doyle Announces Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/20/2010

Governor Jim Doyle announced on Tuesday that nearly a quarter-million dollars have been awarded for nine projects to increase local food sales and grow the state's economy. The funding is from the state's 'Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin' grant program aimed to keep food spending in local communities.

"Everyone knows the best produce, dairy, meat and other foods are produced right here in Wisconsin," Doyle said. "This program supports local efforts to keep high-quality local food in Wisconsin communities to provide fresh food to families, support farmers and grow the state economy."

The nine grant recipients will serve their communities and greater regions with projects that support the development and distribution of fresh, local foods.

They include Vernon Economic Development Association, Viroqua, $40,000; Dane County Planning and Development's Institutional Food Market Coalition, Madison, $35,000; Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (MACSAC), Madison, $35,000; Underground Catering LLC, Madison, $25,000; Green and Green Distribution, Mineral Point, $22,700; University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, $20,000; Pasture Perfect LLC, Ashland, $16,000; Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program, Dodgeville, $15,000; Bayfield Apple Co. LLC, Bayfield, $14,000.

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