Council promotes dairy safety – AgriNews

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The story of dairy, food and farmers has been told by the St. Louis District Dairy Council for the past nine decades.

“Since 1932, council programs have included milk demonstrations, butter churning, transit vehicle signs and famous cow milking contests,” said Monica Nyman, senior nutrition educator. for the council at the 12th Annual St. Louis District Dairy Council “Let’s Talk Milk!” Workshop.

“Although the milking demonstrations of the early 1940s have given way to in-person presentations and interactive exhibits, our organization remains committed to real, relative and responsive dairy promotion,” Nyman said.

“Today, we’re promoting dairy safety in an engaging and personal way,” the dietitian said. “We share the latest research by partnering with schools and community organizations and connecting with consumers through traditional and social media.”

With this hands-on approach to dairy promotion, the council covers 131 counties in central and southern Illinois and central and eastern Missouri.

“We work with educators, health professionals, media and consumers and are supported and funded by dairy farmers,” Nyman said.

She talked about several programs the board does with educators.

“With our Dollars for Dairy program, we go to schools and meet with food service directors to talk about the funds available for cafeterias, for projects like smoothies, paninis or take-out carts,” she said. declared.

Board educators work with family consumer science teachers to do tastings and cooking demonstrations.

“We have a reimbursement program for high school teachers who buy dairy products,” Nyman said. “I became interested in nutrition from my high school cooking class.”

“We’ve always worked with high school coaches to spread the message that chocolate milk is a recovery drink,” she said. “This year, we’re working with eight college sports teams to talk to them about healthy eating and how dairy contains so many important nutrients to keep them alive.”

The Adopt-a-Calf program is the council’s largest grassroots program.

“We have nearly 2,000 teachers participating this year,” Nyman said. “He’s a classy pet without the mess.”

The children discover the farm where the calf lives and the program includes a competition.

“At the end of the school year, the winning classes go to the farm for a visit,” Nyman said.

The dairy board works with health departments to develop resources they can use in educating customers.

“A few weeks ago, we hosted our annual fall farm visit for future healthcare professionals,” Nyman said. “The farmer teaches them what he does every day and most of these students have never been on a dairy farm before, so it gives them a totally different perspective.”

During Dairy Month in June and Ice Cream Month in July, council educators visit radio stations and newspaper offices.

“We honor our dairy farmers for their hard work,” Nyman said. “And we help our dairy farmers whenever they need support with organizing a school event, a farm visit or when they need someone to give a presentation.”

For more information about the St. Louis District Dairy Council, visit www.stldairycouncil.org or call 314-835-9668.

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