Dave Smith, executive director of the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, issued the following statement today regarding the Pa. Department of Agriculture’s decision to transition to a virtual Farm Show in January 2021 due to the lingering threat posed by COVID-19.
“For 104 years, the PA Farm Show has been a cherished tradition and pilgrimage in the lives of so many families who ventured out to see our beloved animals up close and to taste the marvelous bounty grown by our hard-working farmers. The Dairymen appreciate the gravity of the current pandemic and the difficult decision reached by the state and Farm Show officials.
“Pennsylvanians look forward to supporting the state’s number-one industry, agriculture, and in sampling our world-famous milkshakes, cheese cubes and all the locally grown PA Preferred foods and treats offered at the Farm Show. It is also a highlight for our youth who enjoy competing in dairy exhibitions and other agricultural events to showcase their talents and the incredible diversity of dairy, the largest sector of PA’s agriculture industry. We are eager to explore virtual opportunities with agricultural partners to promote this year’s theme, Cultivating Tomorrow.
“Through this challenging pandemic, farmers will continue persevering and show their amazing resilience. We ask for your assistance as we continue to explore ways to offer access to our world-class dairy products and to support our dairy farmers. Through partnerships with fans and community organizations, we can raise money for our charitable projects by selling our delicious milkshakes at other venues. And, hopefully soon, we will have more announcements about where you can purchase and sample the delicious dairy products we feature at the PA Farm Show. If anyone is interested in hosting PA Dairymen’s popular milkshakes at a small event or in partnering with us, please call 717-346-9905.
“On behalf of the 5,000 farm families we represent, we wish everyone good health and good spirits through this trying time and look forward to seeing all of you again in January of 2022!”
- Milk is the official beverage of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- Pennsylvania is home to more than 5,000 dairy farm families.
- Dairy contributes $12.6 billion in annual revenue for Pennsylvania.
- One 8-ounce serving of whole milk delivers 9 essential nutrients including 8 grams of protein.
- A glass of milk contains three of the four nutrients the USDA says are under-consumed by most Americans—calcium, vitamin D and potassium.
- According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, individuals ages 9 and older should consume three servings of milk, cheese or yogurt each day; those ages 4-8 should consume 2½ cups per day.
- Every one cow supports $24,000 in annual economic revenue in Pa.
- Every 10 cows support one job in the state.
The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association is the oldest dairy group in Pennsylvania. The Dairymen’s Milkshake is the top-selling food item at the Food Court. The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association has been supporting “Fill a Glass with Hope®” with agriculture partners, Feeding PA, American Dairy Association North East, corporate partners and food banks since 2015. Over the past three years, the PA Dairymen have donated more than $1.4 million to programs including The Calving Corner; agricultural and educational projects; initiatives and scholarships; the Fill A Glass with Hope® fresh milk campaign for neighbors in need; the Choose PA Dairy consumer education and awareness campaign; the PA Farm Bureau Mobile Ag Education Lab that travels to schools; and the PA Dairy Princess and Promotion Program. Their philanthropic efforts build a brighter future for all Pennsylvanians. For more information, visit www.padairymens.com.