June Open House
6th Annual June Dairy Month Open House
Dairy farmers across western Iowa celebrated June Dairy Month on June 26, 2013, with an open house at Multi-Rose Jerseys near Rock Rapids. More than 1,300 people enjoyed a dairy farm tour, free meal and ice cream treats, a petting zoo, and kids’ activities at the event. View photos on our Facebook page.
Western Iowa Dairy Alliance also partnered with the Food Bank of Siouxland at the open house to help provide dairy products to Iowans in need. Open house guests donated $500 at the event for the Food Bank of Siouxland to purchase dairy products for its member food pantries and feeding programs in Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth and Cherokee counties.
“Dairy farmers are proud of our role in providing nutritious milk and dairy products to help feed the nation,” said Nancy Jones, dairy farmer from Spencer, Iowa, and president of Western Iowa Dairy Alliance. “Partnering with the Food Bank of Siouxland gives us the opportunity to ensure that Iowans in need have access to dairy products.”
Dairy farmers across the Midwest also supported food bank programs during June Dairy Month. Midwest Dairy Association, which works on behalf of more than 9,500 dairy farm families across 10 Midwest states, partnered with Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, to help fight hunger. Throughout the month of June, Midwest Dairy donated $1 for every view to its Feedin’ A Nation parody video up to $20,000. As a result, more than 160,000 meals will be secured by Feeding America on behalf of local food banks to help families in need.
“We’ve been blessed, not only during the month of June, but all year long by the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance and Midwest Dairy Association. Dairy products are nutrient rich, and so having the partnership with these organizations, along with their distributors, has helped the Food Bank of Siouxland to secure these much needed, and much appreciated, dairy products for our food pantries and feeding programs.”
June Dairy Month is a great opportunity to celebrate the efforts of Iowa’s dairy farmers as they deliver a wholesome and nutritious supply of milk and dairy products and make a significant contribution to the state’s economy and rural communities. Dairy is the fifth largest agricultural business in Iowa, generating $4 billion a year in economic activity from farming to dairy processing. There are about 1,750 dairy farms in the state, and about 98 percent of the state’s farms are family-owned.