LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Agriculture Department and Walmart have teamed up to create new signs that will help residents in the Natural State distinguish which produce has been locally grown in the state.
The Arkansas Grown program, which is an effort to increase local sales of produce as well as support local farmers and businesses. Arkansas is generally one of the top 25 states in the county which helps to produce 21 agricultural commodities such as tomatoes and sweet potatoes.
"The partnership between our state's largest company, Walmart, and our Arkansas Agriculture Department's Arkansas Grown Program represents our state's continue commitment to the success of our state's largest industry and our many hardworking farmers and ranchers," said Governor Asa Hutchinson.
According to a research study done by the Farm to School Census, Arkansans spent around $7 billion annually on food. $6.3 billion of that money was spent on buying food from the other states. Arkansas Grown stated its goal was to "keep more of that $7 billion within the state."