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Ohio Farm Bureau sponsors Farmers Crossing

Ohio Farm Bureau is teaming up with the Mid-America Restaurant Expo, presented by the Ohio Restaurant Association to promote Farmers Crossing, an all-new area dedicated to local farmers and highlighting the farm-to-table concept.

The expo is an annual restaurant and food service industry trade show that takes place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Jan. 13-14, 2019.

According to the ORA, the goal of Farmers Crossing is to “embrace local sourcing of products while supporting sustainability of our agricultural community and promoting collaboration between farmers and chefs.”

Ohio Farm Bureau is the presenting sponsor of Farmers Crossing.

“We’re very excited to work with Ohio Farm Bureau,” said Homa Moheimani, manager of media and communications for ORA. “A big trend that is going on now and has been for a while is the farm-to-table concept and we thought that would be an exciting and dynamic aspect to bring to the expo.”

Moheimani noted that Farmers Crossing will give “farmers who want to break in to the restaurant market or farmers who want to grow their market an excellent opportunity to connect with restaurateurs and other attendees at the show.”

To encourage those connections, Ohio Farm Bureau will be represented at Farmers Crossing with its own display, as well as giving away two other display spaces to
members via a sweepstakes.

“Farm Bureau is constantly looking for ways to help growers who want to market their locally grown products,” said Brandon Kern, OFBF senior director
of strategic partnerships and policy outreach. “The Farmers Crossing exhibit space at the Mid-America Restaurant Expo is an exciting way for us to connect growers with new market opportunities.”

Enter to win

Are you a specialty crop grower looking for new marketing opportunities? Click here to enter for a chance to win a free exhibitor space at the Mid-American Restaurant Expo’s Farmers Crossing in January. Two vendor booths will be awarded by random drawing to two separate winners. Entry forms will also be available at county Farm Bureau offices. Deadline to enter is noon, Nov. 29. For official rules, click here.

 

Kelli Milligan Stammen is director of publications for the Ohio Farm Bureau.