It was a year that included a former NFL player’s first visit to a dairy farm, a new dairy patch for Girl Scouts to earn, and even a “dairy dance off.” It was also a year to fill the trophy case with awards for local processors, farmers and the Oregon Dairy Women. Looking back, it’s clear that there’s a lot to be proud of in the Oregon dairy community.
Just in case you missed some of the top stories we shared last year, here’s another chance. We hope you enjoy reading these as much as we enjoyed writing and sharing them with others. Just click or touch the names of the stories below to read them.
Reflecting on the Year of Milk
Four Seasons of Oregon Dairy Stories
Oregon Celebrates National School Breakfast Week
New School Meals on the Menu for Oregon Students
On Your Mark, Get Set, Build Boats!
Three Oregon Schools Honored for Wellness Efforts
Oregon Dairy Farmers Step Up for #dairydanceoff
Think Like a Farmer, Honor the Harvest
Former NFL Player Tackles Dairy Farming For a Day
Dairy Done Right: Tillamook Honored Nationally for Community Impact
Discover the Art of Dairy
“Scoop It Forward” Promotes Random Acts of Ice Cream
Nutrition Leader Honored as Health and Wellness Champion
It Isn’t Every Day You Turn 100
Dairy Enlightening: Educational Leaders Tour Cloud Cap Farms
Generations Deep: Oregon Supports Dairy Diversity
USDA International Agricultural Trade Officers Tour Oregon Agriculture
Got Robots? Oregon Dairies Embracing Automation
If You’re in Business for 100 years, You’re Doing Something Right
Feeding the Need: How the Oregon Dairy Community Fights Hunger
Funny Questions, Serious Impacts on Dairy Tours
Dairy Farmer Stepping Up as Volunteer Firefighter
Students Connect with School Nutrition Professionals
Congratulations to the Oregon Dairy Women, Ag Connection Award Winners
What about you? Do you have any story ideas for us to share in 2019? Something you have always wondered about but never asked? Let us know and we’ll look into it. We have some great new stories lined up this year, so stay tuned!
July is National Ice Cream Month, and it includes a celebration of appreciation called “Scoop It Forward.” Supported by Oregon’s dairy farmers and processors, the week-long campaign, from July 15 to 22, encourages people to show appreciation for one another through random acts of ice cream.
“Ice cream is one of those things that just makes everything better, and we saw this as a simple way to bring positivity and joy to people’s lives in surprising and unexpected ways,” said Josh Thomas, Senior Director of Communications for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. “Random acts of kindness can be contagious, and our call to action is simply for people to spread the good and pay it forward.”
Leading up to this week, there have already been surprise ice cream deliveries to a playground, a skate park, a police station and Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. And that’s just the beginning. Each person who receives ice cream is encouraged to recognize at least two others with a special delivery of their own.
Suggestions include recognizing family, friends, neighbors, a favorite teacher, local police or fire departments or even complete strangers. Photos and video from these moments will be shared on social media using the hashtag #ScoopItForward. Those who aren’t able to give ice cream are encouraged to send ice cream emojis with a message of appreciation. Organizers hope the positivity will spread far and wide.
“This is such a simple gesture that anybody can do,” said Thomas. “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream, and that’s pretty close”