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Lt. Gov. Simon touts local farming 


Associated Press
March 19, 2011

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is a booster for family farming.

Simon said producing and purchasing more food locally will not only spur jobs but promote healthy lifestyles.

Simon is chairwoman of the Rural Affairs Council and she wants state-funded agencies to buy more from local providers.

By 2020, Simon wants state-funded agencies that spend more than $25,000 a year on food, such as school districts, to buy 10 percent of their food from local providers.

Simon attended the Family Farmed Expo in Chicago on Friday.