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National Dairy Month to Recognize Dairy Farmers’ Commitment to Communities

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 08:37:02 CDT

National Dairy Month to Recognize Dairy Farmers’ Commitment to Communities Kicking off in June, National Dairy Month will celebrate dairy farmers and their long-time commitment to
communities. Dairy MAX, a non-profit dairy council representing more than 900 dairy farm families across
eight states, will commemorate the annual month-long event by sharing the great news of dairy – a
delicious and nutritious, cost-efficient food produced by the original environmental stewards, farmers.

“Oklahoma dairy farmers know how important it is to feed our fellow Oklahomans,” said Jim Deaton, Dairy
MAX board member representing Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy Stores. “From improved farming practices,
to our commitment to the community we celebrate real, delicious dairy this National Dairy Month.”
Dairy farms contribute nutritious food, jobs, income and outreach to their local communities.

Over 3 million
U.S. jobs are created by the dairy industry, generating $620 billion in overall economic impact. And for
every dollar generated from dairy farming, it turns over up to seven times in the local community.
Dairy farmers are just as committed to giving back through their work, as they are to giving back to the
communities, they call home. To celebrate National Dairy Month, Dairy MAX will partner with regional blood
banks for the eighth annual Passion for Pints Blood Drive.

Local dairy farmers will be present at select
drives to visit with members of their community about dairy foods and how milk is sustainably produced on
the farm. As a bonus, blood donors will receive giveaway items including a commemorative t-shirt, stressrelief cow squeeze toy, recipe book featuring dairy foods, and dairy products for post-blood donation
recovery at select locations.

Originally known as “National Milk Month,” National Dairy Month recognizes the dairy industry and its
significant contribution to feeding the world. The commemoration was started by dairy distributors and
grocer organizations in 1937 and has grown into an annual tradition led by the National Dairy Council.
Although June is the official dairy month, Dairy MAX works year-round to promote the dairy industry
through events and the sharing of resources about the goodness of dairy to families, schools, health
professionals, athletes and partners.

“With a unique nutrient package of calcium, vitamin D, and potassium, milk is the perfect choice for
rehydration – especially going into the summer months. National Dairy Month recognizes that milk is
number one in nutritional value for consumers and shows appreciation for the backbone of the dairy
industry: dairy farmers and their cows,” said Marty McKinzie, Dairy MAX vice president of industry image
and relations.

To find a Passion for Pints Blood Drive near you, visit Oklahoma Blood Institute at OBI.org.
Dairy – it’s real and it’s delicious. Join us in celebrating a world of goodness. To learn more, visit
www.DairyDiscoveryZone.com, and be sure to share your National Dairy Month festivities on social media
with the #DairyAmazing hashtag



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