Ohio’s Farmers Offer “Free Groceries for a Year!”

Promotion to launch on July 20 at www.FarmersFeedUS.org

Columbus, Ohio (July 20, 2009) – Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Not Ohio’s farmers. In fact, they will be offering the chance for consumers statewide to win free groceries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – for an entire year.

Beginning July 20, 2009, Ohio residents will be able to register for three grand prizes of “Free Groceries for a Year!”* courtesy of Ohio’s farmers at www.FarmersFeedUS.org. Upon visiting the site, consumers will be able to register by meeting an Ohio farmer and learning how they produce safe, nutritious and affordable food. Consumers can register with each of seven farmers daily through the end of the program on Oct. 18.

“As Ohio farmers, we’re thrilled to offer free groceries for a year to the consumers of our great state,” said Jim Heimerl, a hog farmer from Johnstown, who is a featured farmer on FarmersFeedUS.org. “This is an opportunity for us to share what we produce with Ohio consumers and to let them know we share their values – taking care of our families, taking care of our animals and land, and giving back to our communities.”

The site features beef, dairy, pork, lamb, soybean, egg, and turkey farmers from across the state, each sharing information about their farm and their family In addition to guiding visitors through their registration for free groceries for a year, each farmer also offers a brief online tour of their farm. “I’m proud to produce food in the Buckeye state,” Heimerl said, “and I want to show people how today’s farms operate.”

Over the course of the 90-day campaign, consumers throughout the state will also have the opportunity to interact with these and other Ohio farmers at the Ohio State Fair, and even on their blogs and Facebook pages.

Participating Ohio agriculture groups include Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Livestock Coalition, Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Ohio Lamb Marketing Program, Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Egg Marketing Program, Ohio Turkey Council, and American Dairy Association – Mideast.

*Based on FMI, a $5,000 value.


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