Updates from New England Dairy Promotion Board

Celebrate June Dairy Month!

June is Dairy Month and an opportunity to celebrate  New England's dairy farmers and local products!

To help, we've created a June Dairy Month website with resources for you to promote and spread the love of dairy during June Dairy Month and beyond.

Download our  social media toolkit for posts you can share throughout the month. 
Meet our Team Dairy Bloggers!

Five influential food and nutrition bloggers have joined our  Team Dairy New England blogger network. Each blogger is sponsored by New England Dairy Promotion Board to write dairy-focused blog posts and promote dairy on social media and through e-newsletters. The bloggers also toured Freund's Dairy Farm in East Canaan, CT on June 1. 

By the end of 2017, twenty blog posts will be published with a potential reach of 6 million!   
Check out the Team Dairy bloggers and share their dairy-related posts:

A Dish of Daily Life - Michelle Nahom (CT)
Just the Right Byte - Jill Castle (CT)
A Family Feast - Martha Pesa (MA)
My Cape Cod Kitchen  - Jenny Shea Rawn (MA)
Healthy Seasonal Recipes - Katie Webster (VT)

Joslin Diabetes Partnership to Explore Dairy's Role in Reducing Diabetes Risk

The National Dairy Council has entered into a new research and education collaboration with Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA -  a world class, credible, research center. This collaboration will help solidify the science that 3 daily servings of dairy, as part of a healthy diet, can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, and  dispel potential myths within the medical community about dairy's role in a healthy diet. 

To kick off the partnership, New England Dairy & Food Council (NEDFC) brought 10 members of Joslin's research team to a dairy farm: Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle, MA. NEDFC is also supporting local research on the link between full-fat dairy and reduced diabetes risk at the University of Vermont led by Dr. Jana Kraft.
Vermont Breakfast on the Farm Set for June 17 and July 22

Last year's  Breakfast on the Farm  drew 2,000 people to two Vermont dairy farms for a farm tour and free pancakes!  This year, breakfast will be held on June 17 at Fairmont Farm in East Montpelier and on July 22 at Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport. 

T he Vermont Agency of Agriculture organizes t he events in partnership with New England Dairy Promotion Board and the agricultural business community to improve consumer perceptions of modern agriculture.

New Undeniably Dairy Campaign Needs Your Help to Promote Our Love of Dairy!

We know how great dairy is.  We also know many consumers and stakeholders are confused by conflicting information. Undeniably Dairy is a new dairy industry-wide initiative that aims to proudly tell dairy's story and bring the industry together as one voice. Read more about how the campaign came to be in this article by Ad Age.

The strength of the dairy industry is behind this campaign and YOU play a critical role. Our consumers want to talk to you! Join us in getting our proactive dairy message out to consumers. Here's a few ways to get involved: 
Learn more on the Dairy Hub - the online resource center for the dairy industry. To sign up, contact Laura Hardie.
In the News

We contact local news outlets with story ideas about the great t hings dairy farmers are doing. Here are some of the stories we've worked on recently. 

If you have an idea for a story in your area, or would like to write a letter to the editor, email our new public relations specialist,  Rene Thibault.  

Heidi Harkopf talks about the Power of Probiotics - WFSB Better Connecticut
Clara Ayer: Protecting Resources - Barre Montpelier Times Argus $22K Breakfast in the Classroom Check Presentation at High School of Commerce - WWLP-NBC 22
For Dairy farmers, Every Day is Earth Day (Bryan Davis) - Concord Monitor Jermaine Wiggins Speaks To Students About Nutrition And Exercise - Salem News
Farming dynasty: Greenbackers of Durham have been working land since the 1720s - Middletown Press 
National School Breakfast Week at Ashfield Middle School  - WCVB-ABC 5
How Farmers Manage Manure: The Scoop on Poop - WCAX, Across the Fence
Moove over Students in Meriden - Record Journal
International Women's Day Celebrated in Vermont (Stephanie Pope) - WPTZ
Pat Patriot Visits Fairfield School, Students Celebrate Healthy Food Choices - St. Albans Messenger
Leicester Woman a Leader in Cultivating Next Crop of Farmers - Worcester Telegram
Celebrate dairy with Put Local on Your Tray - Morning Ag Clips
Breakfast on the Farm Gearing Up for Another Year of Fun - Morning Ag Clips Fuel Up to Play 60 Coming to Cranston West - Cranston Herald

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