RALEIGH-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 June 6 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.
The Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Inc. is a foster care and adoption program for neglected and abused children. The program was founded at Lake Waccamaw in 1954 and has grown into a statewide organization accepting children from across the state. The goal of the N.C. Dairy Stabilization and Growth Strategic Plan is to enhance the state's dairy industry.
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 Representatives David Lewis of Harnett County and Arthur Williams of Beaufort County. Albertson teamed with Senators 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.