A Message from American Dairy Association North East Chairman Rich Byma, Sussex, New Jersey Dairy Farmer

National Agriculture Week is this week, March 22-28, and things are certainly a little different as we navigate the COVID-19 situation. For farmers, every day is Ag Day, and we’re fortunate that we can continue to go to work. I can’t imagine not having the farm to help stay grounded during this time of “not-knowingâ€_x009d_ and “what if.â€_x009d_

What we do know for sure is that we will continue to produce a high-quality product, and we are grateful to the businesses that continue to process the milk and to those who distribute the products so they’re available to the families whose lives have changed so dramatically.

Our dairy checkoff staff has been working hard to help keep dairy accessible and available – from our retail team helping stock store shelves to our youth programs team helping get meals with dairy to students, and to our communications team providing online educational resources for students studying at home.

For those who can, please stay home. For those who continue to work, please be safe. And remember to support your local businesses as much as possible.