Throughout the month of June, people all across the country celebrated National Dairy Month, including our dairy farmers and their families here in Idaho!
Idaho dairy month is more than just drinking milk and eating all the dairy products that we can (although we wouldn’t discourage you from doing that every month). Instead, Dairy Month focuses on the goodness of dairy and the generosity of the farm families who produce it. Idaho’s dairy farm families and dairy industry workers were involved in several events and appearances, which reinforces the fact that our dairy farm families are where good comes from. Here are a few of those events:
The Idaho Foodbank has been helping individuals and families for 30 years and they need all sorts of donations to stock their shelves, including milk. Hope In Motion is a yearly event where guests are able to tour the facilities and enjoy food from the local food trucks. The United Dairymen of Idaho was there this year to hand out milk and information about The Great American Milk Drive. Idaho dairy farm families donated 100 gallons of milk to the Idaho Foodbank at the event, meaning more families will have fresh, wholesome milk on their tables for dinner!
Thousands of Magic Valley residents commemorated our rich dairy heritage during this annual festival. Idaho’s dairy farm families handed out chocolate milk and string cheese, while Chobani brought the yogurt! Magic Valley Dairy Days brings folks together to celebrate the dairy industry and its contributions to the community and the state.
The month’s activities were rounded out with Meridian Dairy Days parade and festival. Since 1929, this community festival has honored Idaho’s largest agriculture commodity. Meridian’s thriving FFA chapter passed out nearly 9,000 chocolate milks on behalf of Idaho’s dairy farmers.
Getting the Word Out
Beyond the above event participation, our industry was also highlighted in local media stories.
Idaho Dairy Council’s own Crystal Wilson appeared on Good Morning Idaho to talk about Dairy Month and give a quick and easy smoothie recipe (using Idaho dairy, of course). You can see the clip by clicking here.
Beranna Dairy, owned and operated by the Teunissen family, was featured on KTVB this month. Bernie Teunissen is a great representative for the Idaho dairy industry and gave a great interview, as did UDI CEO Karianne Fallow. You can watch and read the story here.