The American Dairy Association of Tennessee would like to share some recent dairy checkoff happenings throughout the state. If you have any questions or need promotional materials please contact  Denise Jones at  djones@sedairy.org  or  270.970.4792 .
Dairy Programs Promoted to Memphis School Nutrition Directors
On February 22 staffer Nancy Roman presented our Dairy Everywhere programs to Memphis area child nutrition directors and managers. She emphasized the role dairy can play in helping school nutrition programs increase meal participation and provided information on grant opportunities. The directors and managers enjoyed a mini yogurt parfait bar and learned how a catchy name and a few fun ingredients can help increase meal participation, yogurt consumption and sales.

Photo: Memphis child nutrition directions learned about offering yogurt parfaits to students. 
Women's Health Magazine Highlights Dairy
ADA of Tennessee staffer Jenny Beth Kroplin contributed to an article titled "21 Super-Easy Food Tweaks That Will Help You Lose Weight" featured in the March edition of Women's Health Magazine. Kroplin provided dairy- rich snack ideas and emphasized the importance of dairy protein in a healthy diet. The article was posted on four different websites and reached 7.8 million consumers.  

Click here to read the article.
Tennessee School Wins Grand Prize in Dannon ┬«  Yogurt Recipe Contest
Carpenters Elementary School of Maryville  was one of the grand-prize winners of the recent Dannon┬« Yogurt Recipe Contest. Dannon Foodservice, Fuel Up to Play 60 and the National Dairy Council  co-sponsored the pilot contest to showcase the culinary skills of K-12 students as well as the versatility and nutritional benefits of yogurt. Each grand-prize school received Dannon and Fuel Up to Play 60-branded foodservice equipment valued at $4,000.
Click here to read more about the recipe contest.

Photo: The winning recipe from Carpenters Elementary School in Maryville is YO-Straw-Nana Crunch.
Southeast Dairy Farmer Talks Tech at South by Southwest Conference
In March, Alabama dairy farmer Will Gilmer represented dairy farmers from the Southeast at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas. SXSW is an event that brings together people from around the globe to celebrate music, film and technology. DMI invited Gilmer and nine other dairy farmers from across the county to participate in the festival and talk to consumers about technology in the dairy field. Click here to read more about the event.
 
Photo: Alabama dairy farmer Will Gilmer participates in the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas.