Dairy Month Promotion Shows Appreciation, Offers Free Ice Cream!
It’s official! Summer is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a mouth-watering scoop of ice cream. As a sign of its commitment to supporting dairy farming in rural America, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America (FCS) is celebrating Dairy Month this June with a promotion to show its appreciation for the almost 3,000 Farm Credit member families whose operation involves dairy.
Founded in 1937 as “National Milk Month,” the annual Dairy Month tradition focuses on the dairy industry and its many contributions to American society. The celebration was first established to help stabilize dairy demand during peak production, but over time has grown to showcase the greater use of dairy products.
This year, Farm Credit is proud to celebrate
Dairy Month with a promotion designed to raise awareness for dairy farmers and their many contributions to society. Go to FCS’s Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/FarmCreditServices – and join in on the discussion about dairy. By doing so, you have the chance to win one of five randomly drawn $50 gift cards to an ice cream parlor of your choice. The promotion begins June 1 and runs through June 30.
This promotion is one way Farm Credit hopes to draw attention to the achievements of dairy farmers in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio, as well as the way the dairy industry is evolving. “Every farmer is important,” says Luke Kelly, a Financial Services Officer with Farm Credit. “Most people think the dairy products they consume come from the grocery—but it really comes from a farmer. Farmers are some of the hardest working people in America. They’re just like doctors—they’re on call 24 hours a day.”
“Dairy trends are changing. While there are large dairies – some with as many as 24,000 cows – family-run dairies are just as important. They experience the same weather conditions and rising fuel costs that are making it harder and more expensive to operate. Feed costs are up and they’re the most critical component of the average dairy farmer’s budget. So Farm Credit’s support of dairy farmers —and a general awareness of their work and what they’re up against—comes at a critical time.”
This promotion is fun and light-hearted, but it’s designed to call attention to our dairy farmers and all the good things they bring to our tabletop—milk, cheese, ice cream, butter, and more. “The idea behind this promotion is to lead consumers to buy more dairy products and support the people who make them possible,” said Kelly.