Legislators take a milk break
The Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Inc. and the N.C. Dairy Stabilization and Growth Strategic Plan benefited from a legislative milk-chugging contest held recently at the N.C. General Assembly in Raleigh. In a race that went down to the final drop, the team of House members won by four seconds over the Senate team.
The House All-Stars received $300 for the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Inc. The Senate Chuggers received $200 for the development of a N.C. Dairy Stabilization and Growth Strategic Plan.
Rep. Dewey Hill of Columbus County and Sen. Charlie Albertson of Duplin County, who chair the General Assembly’s agriculture committees, led their three-person teams in competition. Joining Hill were Reps. David Lewis of Harnett County and Arthur Williams of Beaufort County. Albertson teamed with Sens. Stan Bingham of Davidson County and Joe Sam Queen of Haywood County.
North Carolina’s dairy industry and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services sponsored the milk-chugging contest for state legislators.
North Carolina has 310 dairy farms with 50,000 milk cows that produced about 119 million gallons of milk last year, according to the latest statistics. The N.C. dairy industry generates $500 million in economic activity and $171 million in cash receipts from the sale of milk by dairy farmers.