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Commissioner Comer urges Kentuckians to join the June Dairy Month celebration

 

For Immediate Release
Friday, June 5, 2015
For more information contact:
Ted Sloan
(502) 564-1138


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Agriculture Commissioner James Comer invites all Kentuckians to join him in raising a glass to Kentucky’s dairy farm families during June Dairy Month.

“Milk and other dairy products provide protein, calcium, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for a healthy lifestyle,” Commissioner Comer said. “Kentucky’s dairy industry generates millions of dollars in economic activity and thousands of jobs. As you enjoy a bowl of cereal, a pat of butter on toast, or a slice of pizza, take a moment to thank the farmers, processors, haulers, retailers, and all the others who made those dairy products possible.”


Kentucky farmers took in nearly $229 million in cash receipts from the sales of milk and other dairy products in 2013, a 4 percent increase over 2012, the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Kentucky office reported.


Events to commemorate June Dairy Month in Kentucky include:

  • June 11 – Dairy Night with the Lexington Legends
  • June 12 – Hart County June Dairy Day
  • June 25 – Dairy Night with the Bowling Green Hot Rods
  • June 26 – Adair County Dairy Farmer Appreciation Dinner
  • June 27 – Adair County June Dairy Day
  • June 27 – Marion County dairy show and June Dairy Month celebration


The Kentucky Department of Agriculture helps Kentucky dairy farmers and processors find new markets for their products and conducts dairy cattle shows across the state. The department and the Kentucky Dairy Development Council take Kentucky Kate, a milkable fiberglass cow, to schools, fairs, and festivals where kids and adults alike can try their hand at milking. The KDA administers Udderly Kentucky, a brand for milk produced by Kentucky farm families and processed by Prairie Farms Dairy of Somerset.


To read more about the department’s services to the dairy industry, go to www.kyagr.com.