Twelve named Michigan Dairy Ambassadors
Twelve dairy youth kicked off their year of dairy promotion and outreach as Michigan dairy ambassadors during the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC) in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. on Friday, Feb. 7.
Three high school junior dairy ambassadors – Mason Horning of Manchester, Evelyn Okkema of Blanchard and Libby Venema of Deford – and nine college senior dairy ambassadors – Megan Bush of Swartz Creek, Natalie Horning of Manchester, Kayle Jakus of St. Johns, Quinn Kolar of Troy, Jennie Lubbers of Lake Odessa, Laura Lubeski of Bad Axe, Allison Pung of Portland, Kailey Sweers of Dansville and Heather Van Lieu of Reading – spent the day training for their upcoming role as dairy advocates.
Ambassadors participated in educational sessions covering topics ranging from media relations to social media while showcasing their passion for the dairy industry to a panel of judges. Throughout the year, the 12 reigning dairy ambassadors will be afforded further training as well as opportunities to represent the dairy industry during promotion and outreach events.
In addition to training sessions, ambassadors competed for scholarships and the titles of junior and senior Michigan dairy ambassador representative.
Mason Horning, a sophomore at Manchester High School, was named the junior ambassador representative and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Megan Bush, a junior at Michigan State University, and Kailey Sweers, a sophomore at Hope College, were announced as the senior ambassador representatives, each receiving a $1,500 scholarship.
To learn more about the Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program, visit www.glrdc.msu.edu.
Michigan: Dairy energy conversation workshops
Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, Consumers Energy, and DTE Energy are sponsoring a series of workshops across Michigan designed to help dairy farmers learn how they can reduce their energy expenses and take advantage of power company rebates and federal dollars to implement recommended energy conservation practices.
MSU studies have shown, on average, a 46% reduction in energy expenses when recommended energy conservation practices have been implemented.
Attendees will hear from specialists from MSU and MSU Extension, as well as power company representatives, with agricultural energy conservation expertise. Farmers with practical experience in implementing energy conservation practices that saved them money will share their experiences. Attendees will receive information on applying for power company rebates and federal grant dollars to implement energy conservation practices.