June Dairy Month: For Us, It’s Personal
June Dairy Month brings about many emotions for Cargill employees; pride in their work, hope for the future, and motivation to continue to improve the dairy industry. For some, June is a month to reflect on their own experience in the dairy industry and for others, it’s an opportunity to give back. Celebrating June Dairy Month is more than just part of the job. For Cargill’s dairy team, it’s personal. We asked dairy team members from across the U.S. to share how they’ll be celebrating.
Getting involved throughout the month holds a lot of importance for team member Nicole Hibbard, a Dairy Focus Consultant (DFC) from Wisconsin. “June Dairy Month for me is an awesome month, especially here in Wisconsin, which is full of outreach and education to the general public about dairy and all the great things that our industry has to offer,” Nicole explained. “We have to let them know that animals are well cared for and that we are doing the best we can to make sure that their food is safe.”
Ann Mesman, a former customer turned Cargill Calf and Heifer Specialist from California, shares this same passion for educating the public. “A lot of people don’t know where their food comes from or don’t have a good view of commercial dairy. Educating people is very important,” Ann commented. “I love being a part of that and talking to people about where their food comes from.”
For many team members, their investment in the dairy industry is much more than a job. “The dairy industry is truly important to me and to work for a company that cares so much about it means a lot at the end of the day,” said Chase Chasell a DFC for western New York.
“June Dairy Month gives dairy producers hope and motivation for things to come,” shared Steve Halahan a DFC for Southeast Pennsylvania. “I think that having a focus on dairy, when most people forget about it, is a refresher for producers to see that the work they do, the people that feed, and that the products they make still matter.”
“In my area, if a group like 4-H, FFA, Farm Bureau, or other dairy education programs needs support, they come to me.” Mark Spoor, DFC in Southwest New York, continued, “They know that we at Cargill are big supporters and see a lot of value in these organizations.”
Cargill’s commitment to the dairy industry extends beyond providing the best quality animal nutrition products and services to producers. As a company invested throughout the supply chain, Cargill invests significantly into dairy product development, and supplies ingredients and new innovations to dairy food companies. Last year, we reinvested 25% of the income from our dairy nutrition business back into the industry through the purchase of raw milk for processing and supporting various dairy organizations and causes. Throughout the country our dairy team also spends over 10,000 volunteer service hours annually.
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