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DBweekly ADVOCATING ACROSS THE NATION 4 Jennifer Janak HolsteinWorld Intern Young women share their passion for the dairy industry By Jennifer Janak Dairywomen across the United States share an undying passion for the industry that they have grown up in and have built a life around. Whether it’s the early morning milkings, late afternoon chores or even educating school children about the industry, every woman has a story to tell. Throughout the nation, four dairy advocacy programs have shown great success in promoting the industry for many years - California’s Dairy Princess Court, Pennsylvania’s State Dairy Princess, Minnesota’s Princess Kay of the Milky Way and Wisconsin’s Alice in Dairyland. As the largest dairy producing state, California takes pride in the initiatives that are in place to further educate communities about the prominent dairy industry that fuels their economy. Beginning in 1958, the American Milk Association implemented a dairy princess program in California that allowed young women to become advocates for the industry. In 1969, California’s Milk Advisory Board oversaw the program and continues to California’s 2014 Dairy Princess Court do so today. “At California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), our role is to train these young ladies how to be positive spokespeople about the California dairy industry in their local communities,” said Kris Costa, Director of Producer Relations. Each of California’s 13 dairy districts is represented in the Princess Court. A talented, passionate woman is chosen The Pennsylvania Dairy Princesses travel year-round. Seen here in this photo, 2014 representatives at the snowy PA Farm Show. from each district to proudly share their dairy story with other communities. Similar to California’s program, Pennsylvania’s The ladies spend a year traveling across the State Dairy Princess will travel across the state districts promoting California’s dairy industry being the official spokesperson for the dairy through a multitude of public appearances that industry. may include school visits, radio interviews, local Vying for the Pennsylvania State Dairy meetings and fair events. Princess title is a competition that young women “The focus of the Dairy Princess program is for the young ladies to participate in with a dairy background are eager to conquer. This classroom presentations for school-aged children,” year marked the 57th anniversary of this great said Costa. advocacy program.