Often, county and state promoters choose careers within the dairy industry, building on the momentum that started at an early age.
“Being involved as a state dairy promoter was instrumental in identifying my passion and voice for advocating on behalf of the dairy industry,” said Emily Yeiser Stepp, a former Maryland State Dairy Princess who is now the Executive Director for the National Dairy FARM program of the National Milk Producers Federation. “Gaining confidence in taking an active role in advocacy translates directly to my professional career as I play a role in helping to ensure a sustainable future for the dairy industry.”
Certainly, not everyone who serves as an ambassador or princess is going to seek careers in the dairy industry, but the skills learned as promoter carry through to other professions.
Most often, promoters who choose to work outside of the dairy industry will continue to promote milk and dairy products all their lives. Plus, they’ll always speak up for the dairy farmers who work 365 days a year to care for their cows and their land to produce a safe, nutritious product for consumers to enjoy.
After decades of dairy promotion efforts at the county and state levels, the programs still remain strong in ADA North East’s six states because of the young promoters’ interest, and thanks to the countless volunteers who keep the programs afloat on behalf of the nearly 9,000 dairy farmers in the region.
To learn more about dairy promotion, visit AmericanDairy.com, and click on “Dairy Farms.”