FCS to mark dairy month with ice cream

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

LOUISVILLE -- Few announcements of summer's arrival are more welcome than a bowl of ice cream or a frothy milk shake. As consumers enjoy these delicious dairy products, we are reminded that June is National Dairy Month.

To honor the dairy industry and all of its accomplishments, the ninety-one Farm Credit Services of Mid-America offices across a four state territory have designated Thursday, June 5, as Dairy Days.

"No matter where you are in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky or Tennessee, if you stop by a Farm Credit office on June 5th, you'll be treated to some form of celebration honoring the dairy industry," said Scott Lewis, Financial Services Officer with the Columbia Farm Credit office.

"Each office is sponsoring an event from hosting ice cream eating competitions, to serving up hot grilled cheese sandwiches, to demonstrating how ice cream is made."

Locally, the Columbia office is giving away free ice cream from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come by the office located at 808 Nashville Highway to get their ice cream.

"The idea is to highlight the accomplishments of dairy farmers and remind consumers of the important role dairy products play in our lives," said Lewis. "Hosting Dairy Days is a fun way to draw attention to the achievements of a hardworking and much deserved industry."

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America is a $13.8 billion financial services cooperative serving more than 82,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural residents in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee.

The association provides loans for all farm and rural living purposes including real estate, operating equipment, and housing and related services such as crop and life insurance and vehicle, equipment, and building leases. For more information about Farm Credit, call 931-388-2591 or visit them on the web at www.e-farmcredit.com.