Mississippi Dairy News

Talking Dairy with MSU’s Dr. Amanda Stone

11/8/2019 (Starkville, MS) – The Dairy Alliance’s Mary Martin Nordness was invited to speak on an agriculture podcast with Dr. Amanda Stone, Assistant Professor in the Animal & Dairy Science Department at Mississippi State University. The podcast covered dairy farming within Mississippi as well as the nutrition benefits of consuming dairy every day. Be on the lookout for the release of this informative interview.


The Milkman Brings Dairy to Mississippi School Nutrition Association Conference

11/1/2019 (Biloxi, MS) – With over 700 in attendance, the Mississippi School Nutrition Association held a conference November 1 and 2 celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Dairy Alliance fit this theme with a look at a vintage dairy icon: the milkman. Featuring inflatable milk bottles, all things cows and a living “milkman”, The Dairy Alliance exhibited on grant opportunities and resources to increase dairy’s presence in schools to the nutrition directors at the conference.


MSU Hosts Breakfast on the Farm

10/18/2019 (Starkville, MS) – Mississippi State University hosted a three-day Breakfast on the Farm event where students were able to learn where their dairy products come from. Students participated by milking a cow, a tour of the school dairy and additional educational activities. The Dairy Alliance provided materials for the event and helped answer dairy-related questions.


Greenville Schools Join In for World School Milk Day

9/26/2019 (Greenville, MS) – As part of a celebration for World School Milk Day, Greenville Schools hosted the following day a smoothie tasting for students. World School Milk Day, held on September 25, saw schools learn about the origins of dairy and the health benefits of including it at mealtime. To honor this, Greenville staff and students were able to taste different smoothie flavors during lunchtime to encourage drinking more milk. Other events across the state included Harrison County Schools providing mozzarella sticks and ice cream as snacks to students, Picayune Schools students enjoying parfaits, Corinth Schools inviting parents to enjoy milk with their students in the cafeteria and Jackson County Schools host Middleton Farms to learn more about dairy farming before holding a poster contest and enjoying dairy samples from the MSU Extension.



Kroger’s Registered Dietitians Learn the Benefits of Consumers Choosing Dairy

9/9/2019 (Atlanta, GA) – In partnership with Kroger, The Dairy Alliance held Decoding the Dairy Case training September 9 and 10 for Kroger’s registered dietitians from across the country. One supermarket registered dietitian can impact hundreds of people a month.

The two-day event showcased what occurs before milk is available on Kroger’s dairy aisle so registered dietitians can better promote a dairy inclusive diet to consumers. Participants met at Windy Hill Dairy in Senoia, Georgia, for a tour before heading to Kroger’s Atlanta dairy processing plant. The dietitians were impressed by the dedication to providing a healthy beverage. Attendees also learned about the Eat Together, Eat Better with Real Dairy campaign and the nutrition and price differences between cow’s milk and non-dairy alternatives. Now, registered dietitians are equipped with the accurate message to share the importance of dairy in a balanced meal.


Milk2MyPlate Awarded to Mississippi Food Network

8/26/2019 (Jackson, MS) – The Dairy Alliance awarded a Milk2MyPlate $35,000 grant to Mississippi Food Network to help provide milk to food insecure families across the state. The grant will go towards 30 coolers and 25 thermal blankets to keep milk cold as its transported to the food pantries associated with Mississippi Food Network.


Debunking Milk Myths: From Farm Gate 2 MyPlate

6/03/2019 (Monroe, N.C.) – Roddy Purser guided participants from across the region through his dairy farm for a multi-day advocate training event. Participants enjoyed a meal by The Dairy Alliance advocate and Charlotte culinary expert, Heidi Billotto. During lunch, registered dietitian and sixth generation farmer Marianne Smith Edge presented “What’s the Buzz in Agri-Nutrition.” The next day, advocates learned communication training to help answer consumer questions.


Dairy Day at the Park

4/2/2019 (Starkville, Ms.) – Farm families from Alabama and Mississippi were invited to join The Dairy Alliance and Mississippi State for the first Dairy Day at the Park. The event started with a morning educational session where The Dairy Alliance provided promotional updates, and MSU Extension discussed modern management practices. The activities continued at the MSU vs. Auburn baseball game where dairy farmers handed out over 1,000 ice creams and promotional materials to Bulldog and Tiger fans before the game. All 34 farm families who attended were guest on the field and recognized on the jumbotron for their dedication to providing a nutritious and wholesome product! Baseball fans played dairy trivia that was displayed on the jumbotron throughout the game to test fans knowledge!

Diet Disasters on Coffee with America

3/29/2019 (Jackson, Ms.) – Dairy advocate, Holley Grainger, appeared on the national show “Coffee with America” to discuss The Dairy Alliance’s Diet Disasters campaign. She talked about the nutrient shortfalls in fad diets, juicing and intermittent fasting. Many of these new diet trends recommend cutting out essential food groups such as dairy. Grainger highlighted all of the vital nutrients real dairy provides and showed consumers how to reach their three daily servings of dairy. Viewers were directed to The Dairy Alliance’s website to learn more about dairy nutrition and find dairy-themed recipes.

Spring Days at Mississippi Agriculture Museum

3/15/2019 (Jackson, Ms.) – The Dairy Alliance participated in Spring Days at the Mississippi Agriculture Museum in Jackson. The Dairy Alliance hosted a dairy booth that displayed virtual tours of a dairy farm for over 1,200 participants! Visitors also heard about the importance of dairy in the diet and how to include dairy every day. The Dairy Alliance staff gave out dairy promotional items and answered questions on milk and dairy for the people attending.

Breakfast Success Story: Bay High School

2/26/2019 (Bay St. Louis, Ms) – The Dairy Alliance visited Bay High in Hancock County to see the breakfast after the bell program, breakfast kiosk and milk barrel that Bay High received through a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant. Since the start of the new breakfast program in September 2018, Bay High has increased their breakfast participation by serving 100 more meals including dairy each day. Students expressed their excitement for the new program to The Dairy Alliance staff. One student said, “I love having breakfast in this common area where I can grab something to eat.” My friends and I plan to get breakfast every day and visit since the kiosk is here.” Since the breakfast program continues to be successful, Hancock County School District has started a Breakfast in the Classroom program in the elementary school and added smoothies to the menu at Bay High School.

Southeast American College of Sports Medicine

2/20/2019 (Greenville, Sc) – The Southeast American College of Sports Medicine meeting held in Greenville, South Carolina brought together over 1200 professionals and students that work and study in the field of sports medicine and exercise science. The Dairy Alliance sponsored this year’s guest speaker Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSSD, who presented on “From Young Athletes to the Elderly; Protein Needs throughout the Lifespan.” Spano reviewed the benefits of animal protein versus plant protein and explained why dairy is an essential part of an athlete’s diet. She also spoke to students at a mentoring breakfast discussing her career path and providing tips to the students for finding theirs. Additionally, The Dairy Alliance staff exhibited during the meeting with material on dairy versus alternatives, whey protein, lactose intolerance and dairy for athletes. Attendees took home dairy education material and dairy promotional items.

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

1/28/2019 (Jackson, Ms.) – The Dairy Alliance teamed up with Cracker Barrel to feature a limited-time ice cream for the holiday season. Cracker Barrel featured the salted caramel ice cream at all 653 locations nationwide from November 1 to December 24, 2018. During that time, 12,000 gallons of salted caramel ice cream were sold which equates to 17,280 pounds of milk in just under two months!

Schools Compete to Move More Milk

11/30/2018 (Natchez, Ms.) – Mississipi School Nutrition Association held it’s annual meeting in Natchez, Mississipi this past November. The Dairy Alliance hosted a booth to discuss resources and grant opportunities with school nutrition directors. Additionally, the winners for the World School Milk Day contest received recognition during one of the sessions. Vicksburg Warren School District won first place for their 42 percent increase in meals and 22 percent increase in milk sales. Second place went to Forrest County School District for a ten percent increase in meals and seven percent increase in milk sales. Hinds County School District received third place for their seven percent increase in meals and five percent increase in milk sales.

Jackson Annual Harvest Festival

11/7/2018 (Jackson, Ms.) – The Annual Jackson Harvest Festival showcases how one small town came to life. The celebration included live demonstrations throughout the Agriculture Museum grounds and gave visitors a glimpse of Mississippi’s past. As guests toured the museum, they saw the impact agriculture has made on modern living. The Dairy Alliance partnered with the Mississippi Beef Council to do a hands-on demonstration for the 1,300 plus visitors. Visitors learned about dairy farming and the importance of eating dairy products.

The Dairy Alliance on MPB

10/29/2018 (Jackson, Ms.) – The Dairy Alliance’s Donna Speed was a guest on MPB, a statewide radio station in Mississippi, during their Southern Remedies program. This weekly one-hour live show has a ‘Fit and Healthy’ segment hosted by Dr. Josie Bidwell, one of The Dairy Alliance’s trained advocates. Sharing information about The Dairy Alliance’s Eat Together, Eat Better with Real Dairy campaign, Donna stressed the importance of eating together as a family and highlighted the health benefits of real dairy foods. Listeners were directed to visit thedairyalliance.com for healthy recipes.

Donna Martin on Coffee with America

10/15/2018 (Jackson, Ms.) – Donna Martin, Registered Dietitian and dairy advocate, appeared on Coffee with America to support The Dairy Alliance’s Eat Together, Eat Better campaign. Donna talked about the three tips to help families eat together: plan, prep and pack the pantry. She also discussed the health benefits children receive from eating with their families. Her video has over 2.5 million views so far! Watch the full segment here.

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