Why Local

Local Has an Impact

Shopping local has an essential place in the Oklahoma economy. Each choice to purchase a made-in-oklahoma product is a choice to support jobs in your community and increase the state’s GDP.

  • The MIO Coalition members employ over 58,000 Oklahomans.
  • The MIO Coalition generates $3.3 billion of Oklahoma’s $8 billion agriculture sector. Besides the financial impact that buying local has, you will also receive better, fresher products. Buying local is an investment in the future of our state as well as our quality of life.

The Future

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 & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) and MIO are working together to guide the next generation.

FAPC supports local agriculture and food products from farm to store through providing access to experts, facilities, and research that leads entrepreneurs to success. FAPC, MIO, and 4-H joined forces to create the Made In Oklahoma Coalition 4-H Recipe Contest 2019.

Across Oklahoma, 4-H members created original recipes using at least three MIO ingredients, helping them appreciate the amazing Oklahoma products available. They also wrote essays explaining what they like about Oklahoma products and why Oklahoma products are important. Winners in both the Junior and Senior categories were presented with $500 at the Governor’s Mansion.