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New Free Dairy “Family Resources” Available 

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, launched a NEW “Family Resources” addition to their popular dairy-themed website for all ages to enjoy from the comfort of their homes.

“Whether you are looking for a fun virtual farm tour, a new educational activity, or a delicious dairy recipe or craft, we are excited to showcase our world-class dairy industry and offer new opportunities during this challenging time for everyone. We’ve compiled so many wonderful entertaining dairy opportunities for all ages to enjoy, including many from our dairy farmers who are busy producing fresh, local milk to deliver to our families during this critical time in our country,” says PA Dairymen’s Executive Director Dave Smith.

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Destination Dairy Will Feature Interactive, Dairy-Themed Activities for Families

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The new “Destination Dairy” Northeast Hall will be unveiled during the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show from January 4-11 in Harrisburg, Pa. Destination Dairy will feature the Calving Corner as the cornerstone exhibit, giving Farm Show visitors the opportunity to witness the dairy birthing process.​

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Partnership to launch at 5K celebration, Sunday, Nov. 24, at Harrisburg Area Community College

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Choose PA Dairy is excited to announce a new partnership with Girls on the Run (GOTR) across Pennsylvania to promote a healthy lifestyle that includes consuming real milk as part of a nutritious, balanced daily diet.

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PA Dairy Farmers, Industry Leaders, Legislators and Families Call for Return of Whole Milk to Schools

June 18, 2019

State Capitol “Dairy Day for PA Healthy Kids” highlights nutritional and economic benefits of real milk and dairy products

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Surrounded by schoolchildren and farm families, Pennsylvania dairy leaders called on legislators and policymakers at the State Capitol to urge Congress to pass reforms that would bolster students’ nutritional options by permitting whole milk to be served in schools and to end the mislabeling of non-dairy products as milk. The rally capped “Dairy Day for PA Healthy Kids” and focused on passage of three key measures in Washington.

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Making School Lunches Great Again: Toomey Introduces Bill Allowing Schools to Offer Whole Milk to Kids

June 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has introduced the Milk in Lunches for Kids (MILK) Act to allow schools to serve whole milk and two percent milk.

The MILK Act also requires the Secretary of Agriculture to revise regulations to exclude milk fat from the cap on saturated fat in school lunches. Currently, schools may only serve fat free or one percent milk with lunches.

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Scholarship Opportunity Available to Dairy Students

May 13, 2019

PA Dairymen’s, Dairy Excellence Foundation Offer $3,000 Scholarships

Harrisburg, Pa. – High school students who are pursuing an education in a dairy-related field can apply for one of ten $3,000 Student Leader scholarships made available through the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation for the 2019-20 academic year. The deadline for students to apply for the annual Student Leader Scholarship is June 1. The scholarships recognize outstanding students in dairy, including undergraduate students and high school seniors who are entering college in the fall.

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Young Dairy Professionals Recognized at Dairy Summit

March 8, 2019

Dairymen’s Association, Dairy Excellence Foundation Award Scholarships

Harrisburg, Pa. – Eighteen young professionals were awarded a scholarship to attend the 2019 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, held February 4 – 6 at the Lancaster Marriott in Lancaster, Pa. The Young Professional Scholarships were awarded by the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, Center for Dairy Excellence and Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania to grow both the skills and network of Pennsylvania dairy’s next generation.

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Dairymen’s, PDMP, Center Honors Dairy Industry Leaders with Awards

February 11, 2019

Barleys, Hosterman, Zepp, Turner Honored at Summit

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, Center for Dairy Excellence and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania joined together to launch an industry-wide awards program that recognizes and showcases leadership, stewardship, and excellence in Pennsylvania’s dairy industry, through four awards presented at the 2019 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit in Lancaster, Pa.

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American Dairy Association North East and Dairy Princesses Kick off “Dairy Weekend” at Stores Across Pennsylvania

June 28, 2018

Promotional event showcases #ChoosePADairy and benefits of local, fresh milk
FREE samples of delicious, nutritious PA Milk, the Commonwealth’s Official Beverage to be offered! 

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Shoppers can meet Dairy Royalty and sample fresh, locally-produced milk this weekend as dairy princesses join farmers and industry leaders celebrating “Dairy Weekend” at retail outlets across the state. The events, taking place during June, Dairy Month, are part of the new “Choose PA Dairy: Goodness That Matters” awareness campaign to encourage local milk consumption and highlight the nutritional and economic benefits of Pennsylvania’s nearly $15 billion dairy industry.

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Opinion Piece Published

June 22, 2018

An opinion piece on the Pennsylvania dairy industry, dairy farmers and local milk co-written by executive director, Dave Smith has been published by PennLive.

Here’s a teaser to the article – read the full piece here.

Excerpt: Pennsylvania has the second-largest number of family dairy farms in the United States. The majority of our 6,570 dairy farms are family owned, managing 525,000 cows.

They pump nearly $15 billion into our economy, support more than 52,000 jobs, and produce an abundant supply of fresh, delicious, nutritious milk every year to the tune of 10.9 billion pounds.

But these are challenging times for our Pennsylvania dairy farmers.

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PA Dairy Leaders and Farmers Partner to Support New “Choose PA Dairy” Campaign

May 18, 2018

PA Dairy Leaders and Farmers Partner to Support New “Choose PA Dairy” Campaign to Boost Fresh Local Milk Consumption and Ensure Pennsylvania Milk Production

Campaign highlights health, community and economic benefits of PA Milk

Dairy Industry Supports More Than 52,000 Jobs and Contributes Nearly $15 Billion to PA Milk is Commonwealth’s Official Beverage Boasting Nine Essential Nutrients

ALTOONA, Pa. – Pennsylvania’s dairy leaders and farmers today supported PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding in unveiling a statewide consumer-focused public awareness campaign, “Choose PA Dairy: Goodness That Matters,” to highlight that Pennsylvania’s dairy industry fuels strong bodies and strong communities by providing an abundant supply of fresh, wholesome milk and by supporting Pennsylvania’s rural communities. With a rising interest in buying local and supporting family farms, the campaign reminds consumers that the choice is theirs and that Pennsylvania dairy, is “Goodness That Matters.” Along with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the campaign is being championed by the Center for Dairy Excellence, the American Dairy Association North East, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, PA Dairy Princesses Program, and other industry organizations.

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Dairy Industry Partners Kick-off 2018 Fill a Glass with Hope® Program

January 5, 2018

Dairy Industry Partners Kick-off 2018 Fill a Glass with Hope® Program & Announce New Calving Corner Exhibit at PA Farm Show

HARRISBURG, Pa. – State dairy industry leaders from the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, the Calving Corner, Feeding Pennsylvania, American Dairy Association North East, Center for Dairy Excellence, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program kicked off the 2018 award-winning Fill a Glass with Hope® fresh milk distribution program today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. Two newborn calves named “Fill” and “Hope” then joined the partners as they cut a red ribbon signifying the opening of the Calving Corner, a dairy cow birthing center debuting at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

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Signature Blue and White Milkshakes at Penn State Home Football Games in September

August 26, 2017

Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association to roll out signature blue and white milkshakes at Penn State Home Football Games in September

State College, PA — The American Dairy Association North East (ADANE) and Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association announced today they have entered into a sponsorship agreement for the first time with Penn State Football to promote their innovative partnership with Feeding Pennsylvania called Fill a Glass with Hope®, a charitable campaign that raises funds so that Feeding PA’s member food banks can purchase milk directly from their local dairies, at a reduced price, and distribute it to families facing hunger.

“One in five Pennsylvania children face hunger every day, which is enough to fill Beaver Stadium five times,” states Feeding Pennsylvaniaexecutive director Jane Clements-Smith. “This sponsorship is a great opportunity to introduce the Fill a Glass with Hope® program to tens of thousands of Penn State Football fans, and invite them to help our neighbors in need.”

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2017 Fill A Glass With Hope® Charitable Fresh Milk Campaign Launches At Pa Farm Show

January 6, 2017

2017 Fill A Glass With Hope® Charitable Fresh Milk Campaign Launches At Pa Farm Show

Milkshake Celebration Showcases Extraordinary Statewide Distribution Of More Than Three Million Servings Of Milk Since Inception And Major Financial Commitment

Former NFL Stars, Dairy Farmers, Industry and State Leaders, and Philanthropic Partners team up to sack hunger

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Flanked by former NFL stars, state and dairy industry leaders, and philanthropic partners, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, Feeding Pennsylvania, and American Dairy Association North East kicked off the 2017 award-winning Fill a Glass with Hope® fresh milk distribution program during the opening milkshake celebration of the 101st PA Farm Show Food Court. The PA Farm Show, the nation’s largest indoor agricultural exhibition, runs January 7-14, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, with the Food Court opening today.

Unveiled in 2016 as the first-in-the-nation statewide charitable fresh milk distribution program, Fill a Glass with Hope® has now provided over three million servings of milk to clients of Feeding Pennsylvania’s statewide member food banks. The Fundraising for the 2017 campaign launched today with major donations of $127,864, including $25,000 contributions each from FirstEnergy Foundation and Weis Markets. To date, a record $640,389 has been raised for food bank clients’ milk needs.

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Association Applauds Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for 2016 Nonprofit Innovation Award

February 26, 2016


Central Penn Business Journal honors Food Bank and partners for dynamic #FillaGlasswithHope fresh milk branding and marketing campaign

More than 1 million servings of milk delivered to Pennsylvanians in need in 2015


YORK, PA – The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association is proud to share a top regional award with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank that brought more than 1 million servings of fresh milk to hungry Central Pennsylvanians. The Dairymen and the Food Bank launched the Fill a Glass with Hope® philanthropic effort during the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show along with Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, the Center for Dairy Excellence, the Milk Marketing Board, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and marketing and media strategists LM Gnazzo Promotion Strategies and Nell McCormack Abom Communications. The Central Penn Business Journal today named Central Pennsylvania Food Bank the first-place winner in the Brand Identity/Unique Marketing Campaign category of its 2016 Nonprofit Innovation Awards at a ceremony in York.

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