The Future of Oklahoma
The Next Generation
Made in Oklahoma products are not a trend. They have a valuable impact on the state’s economy. Fortunately, Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) and MIO are working together to guide the next generation. FAPC supports local agriculture and value-added food products from farm to store by providing access to experts, facilities, and research that leads not only entrepreneurs to success but continues to work with existing MIO companies as well.
In 2018 and 2019, the Coalition challenged 4-H members across Oklahoma to created original recipes using at least three MIO ingredients, helping them learn more about and appreciate the amazing food products made right here in Oklahoma. The 4-H members also wrote essays explaining what they liked about Made in Oklahoma products and why these locally made products are important to our communities. Winners in both the Junior and Senior categories were awarded a commemorative plaque and prize money at the Governor’s Mansion.
We are proud to continue our work with Oklahoma’s youth, encouraging the next generation to enter the field of agriculture and become entrepreneurs who positively impact our state and its economy.