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Colorado schools encouraged to buy local products

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Governor Bill Ritter has proclaimed Sept. 9, 2009, as Colorado Proud School Meal Day. This sixth annual event encourages schools to incorporate Colorado products into their meals to celebrate Colorado agriculture and to educate students about healthy eating.

"Nutritious foods are the cornerstone to a healthy diet and Colorado farmers and ranchers play a pivotal role in providing a fresh and wholesome food supply," said John Stulp, Commissioner of Agriculture. "Schools can turn to Colorado producers to provide healthy ingredients at a reasonable price."

Free educational materials regarding agriculture and nutrition are available online to help schools organize the event in their areas. Schools may also request a visit from a farmer or chef to enhance the experience.

Colorado Proud, created by the Colorado Department of Agriculture in 1999, promotes locally grown, raised or processed products to consumers statewide. Currently, the program has more than 1,100 members which include growers, processors, restaurants, retailers and associations.

Colorado Proud School Meal Day is organized by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado Department of Education. For more information or to participate in Colorado Proud School Meal Day, contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture Markets Division at (303) 239-4119 or visit www.coloradoproud.org.



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