We hope you had a happy June Dairy Month! Here is a summary of some of the dairy promotion activities and events across the state in the past month. For more information, please contact Jennifer Duhon. jduhon@sedairy.org
Summer Feeding Kicks Off in East Baton Rouge
SUDIA and East Baton Rouge (EBR) Parish teamed up to sponsor a Summer Meals Kickoff and Pep Rally event on June 5 to promote Summer Meals in the parish. The New Orleans Saints Mascot, Gumbo, made an appearance and visited with students as they ate. EBR Child Nutrition has been proactive in providing alternative meals and snacks to help increase the number of children receiving proper nutrition. The parish has implemented Breakfast On-the-Go at many schools which allows for a more efficient way to feed more children. All of these meals provide children milk, cheese or yogurt.
In 2016 EBR received a grant from SUDIA to help with food service transportation equipment as their number of sites grew. More than 230,000 meals were provided to the youth of EBR through the Summer Feeding program in 2016, and this year they expect to have 84 feeding sites. Some of those will be in a traditional school setting while others will be in partnership with BREC and Baton Rouge Public Library System. The purpose of the Summer Feeding program is to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. 

Photo: A group of students puts on their cow masks and poses with Gumbo, the New Orleans Saints mascot as part of the Summer Meals Kickoff and Pep Rally in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Gill Receives Dairyman of the Year Award at Louisiana Dairy Day
SUDIA staffer Jen Duhon and general manager Doug Ackerman attended Louisiana Dairy Day on June 15 in Amite. SUDIA provided an exhibit with dairy giveaways. Jen and Doug spoke to the crowd of farmers and community members featuring a year in review as well as talking about what to expect in the year ahead. The LSU AgCenter also handed out its Dairymen of the Year awards. Kenneth Ray Gill of Kentwood won the big prize, being selected 2017 Louisiana Dairyman of the Year by the Dairy Science Club of LSU.
 
Photo: Dairy farmer Kenneth Ray Gill (right) from Kentwood is awarded the 2017 Louisiana Dairyman of the Year by the Dairy Science Club of LSU.
Dairy in the Media
Jen Duhon visited KANE radio in New Iberia, Louisiana on June 1 to promote the kickoff of June Dairy Month. Jen was able to promote the Louisiana dairy industry, nutrition and delicious dairy foods and the Southeast Dairy website. She didn't show up at the station empty-handed, as Jen prepared homemade strawberry smoothies and gave one to KANE DJ Jeff Bogg, who sipped his delicious smoothie through the 15-minute interview. 
 
Photo: SUDIA staffer Jennifer Duhon (left) gives KANE radio DJ Jeff Bogg a strawberry smoothie before her June Dairy Month interview.

Jen was a special guest of the Delcambre Seafood and Farmers Market and during the KANE radio interview, she was able to help publicize the farmers market event on June 3 which featured SUDIA's booth and June Dairy Month promotional materials.

Photo: People who attended the Delcambre Seafood and Farmers Market were treated to some delicious milk at the SUDIA table, along with other fun and educational materials.
Jefferson Parish Ag Day
SUDIA and Jefferson Parish Extension partnered to bring Dairy Days to 75 area children in Metarie on June 13. SUDIA provided dairy nutrition education and information on dairy. The students got to play a Holy Bones Relay game and they also viewed the 'Meet the Milk Movers' videos. Students also got to make their own delicious and nutritious snacks out of yogurt and fruit.
 
Photo: A group of children who attended the Jefferson Parish Dairy Days event in Metarie, Louisiana.
Nutrition and Lactose Intolerance Training
SUDIA hosted a nutrition communications training in June for registered dietitians and chefs in Jackson, Mississippi. Ten people from across the Southeast attended - Cheryl Atkinson, Professor and Dietetic Internship Director at Southern University and A&M College attended from Louisiana. The training focused on lactose intolerance and Dr. Jeannette Keith presented the latest research on the subject. SUDIA Staffer Laura Buxenbaum led a breakout session which included a taste test of lactose free dairy, dairy alternatives and tradition dairy products.

Photo: Cheryl Atkinson (left), Professor and Dietetic Internship Director at Southern University and A&M College works on nutrition communication with trainer Joan Horbiak (right).

Communications trainer Joan Horbiak worked with the group, teaching them how to perform a low-lactose recipe demonstration on camera, while delivering strong dairy and nutrition messages. Guests also enjoyed a welcome dinner and luncheon at Seafood R'evolution with Chef John Folse. Mississippi dairy farmer Michael Ferguson attended the luncheon and was able to share his personal story about dairy farming with the guests.

Photo: SUDIA staff hosted a nutrition communications training for registered dietitians and chefs from around the Southeast at Chef John Folse's Seafood R'evolution in Jackson, Mississippi.