Leah Kennedy has been named the 2019 June Dairy Month Chairman for Williamson County.
Kennedy, a Fairview High School student, will be honored May 30 at the Tennessee June Dairy Month Kickoff Event at Battle Mountain Farm in College Grove. The event includes recognition from Celeste Blackburn, president of the American Dairy Association of Tennessee.
The official kickoff celebration recognizes Tennessee 4-H members’ efforts to promote June Dairy Month in Tennessee. The event is co-sponsored by The Dairy Alliance, 4-H and the Tennessee Farm Bureau.
June Dairy Month activities are designed to communicate the value of milk and other dairy products to Tennessee consumers. Chairpersons play a vital role in spreading dairy’s message in their communities.
“The dairy industry is important to me because sometimes the benefits of dairy are overlooked. It is vital for people to know how important dairy is to us. Farmers worker extremely hard to make sure we have fresh dairy and, many times, they do not receive the recognition they deserve,” Kennedy said. “June Dairy Month Chairman means promoting dairy in a positive manner and being a role model for the industry. It also means sharing the information I learn.”
Kennedy, a freshman at Fairview High, is the daughter of Les and Lisa Kennedy. Leah is the Williamson County Junior Fair Board Secretary and is active in public speaking and theater and voice activities. She is a member of Rotary Club, National Beta Club, Youth in Government and her school’s Dance Team and Tennis Team.
Leah is an active member of her 4-H chapter, participating in performing arts, communications and photography projects. She is a member of All Stars and the Honor Club. Kennedy has won demonstration awards at county and regional levels. She also competes in public speaking and portfolio contests.
“We wish Leah much success in her role of communicating the nutritional benefits of milk and dairy products to the people in Williamson County,” said American Dairy Association of Tennessee president Celeste Blackburn. “Leah will appreciate the cooperation of the people there. Her interest and enthusiasm will result in a better informed community from which all will benefit.”
Originally deemed “National Milk Month” by American grocers in 1937, National Dairy Month began to promote dairy consumption during peak milk production in the summer.
In 2016, there were an estimated 42,000 Tennessee dairy cows living on 300 dairy farms producing 81 million gallons, or approximately 696 million pounds, of milk. The top six milk producing Tennessee counties were: Loudon, Monroe, Bradley, Bedford, McMinn and Washington.
This year’s theme, “Dairy is in Our DNA,” encourages families to make milk their first beverage choice due to its unique package of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are an essential part of a healthy diet. With local media and farm bureaus, dairy farmers will be working alongside The Dairy Alliance to engage consumers through social media, radio contests, T-shirt giveaways, events and more.
For more information on how you can celebrate June Dairy Month, visit online at www.thedairyalliance.com/june-dairy-month/.
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