Dairy Farmers of America, New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom partner to feed yound minds


Source: Dairy Farmers of America news release

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a family-farmer owned cooperative that provides consumers with healthy, nutritious and delicious dairy foods is partnering with New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom (NMAITC) to help feed school-aged minds with information on agricultural literacy and career opportunities in the agriculture industry.

“The events of this year created unique opportunities to increase agricultural awareness among K-12 youth in New Mexico,” says Traci Curry, Director of New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom. “We have expanded our focus on classroom instruction from formal education to include more family-oriented informal virtual learning experiences. We appreciate that DFA is providing financial support to create more learning opportunities to engage students and their families in their homes. Making these connections to agriculture will help more students value agriculture and encourage them to choose a career in agriculture.”

“We’re thrilled to work with and help support NMAITC to help broaden children’s knowledge of agriculture,” says Eric Palla, Southwest Area Council member, DFA. “With less opportunities for kids to be on and learn at farms this year, programs like this will help ensure that younger generations better understand how their food is produced from farm-to-table.”

Dairy Farmers of America is a farmer-owned dairy cooperative focusing on quality, innovation and the future of family dairies. While supporting and serving more than 7,500 family farms nationwide, DFA manufactures a variety of dairy products, including fluid milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, dairy ingredients and more that connect our Cooperative’s family farms to family tables with regional brands such as Country Fresh, Meadow Gold, Friendly’s Ice Cream, Borden Cheese, Plugra Butter and Kemps to name a few. On a global scale, we work with some of the world’s largest food companies to develop ingredients their customers are craving, while staying committed to social responsibility and ethical farming.

New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom is the educational outreach program of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau Foundation. The purpose of NMAITC is to educate the general public, with an emphasis on K-12 students and educators, about the importance of agriculture. Website: www.nmaitc.org.

New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau (NMF&LB) is a 20,000-member organization comprised of farmers and ranchers, and those who are interested in private property rights and a local food supply. NMF&LB is the state’s largest, private agricultural organization and was founded in 1917. For information about NMF&LB, please call 575-532-4703 or visit www.nmflb.org.