FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2009
Scott Bissette, marketing specialist
NCDA&CS Marketing Division
NOTE: Time of contest has been changed to 1:30 p.m.
Legislators to face off in milk-chugging contest Wednesday, July 8
|| To celebrate and raise awareness about North Carolina’s dairy industry, the N.C. dairy industry and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will sponsor a milk-chugging contest for state legislators.
|| Wednesday, July 8, at 1:30 p.m.
(The start time was changed because the Senate is going into session at 2 p.m.)
|| North Portico of the Legislative Building
|| Rep. Dewey Hill and Sen. Bob Atwater, who chair the General Assembly’s agriculture committees, will compete in the contest, which is open to elected officials, agribusiness lobbyists and representatives of the dairy industry and other commodity groups. Each team must consist of three people. The first-place team in the contest will receive $200 for its selected charity, and the second-place team will receive $100 for its charity of choice.
| North Carolina has 321 dairy farms with 54,000 milk cows that produced about 104 million gallons of milk in 2008. The N.C. dairy industry generates an estimated $189 million in cash receipts from the sale of milk by dairy farmers. For more facts on North Carolina’s dairy industry, visit www.ncagr.gov/markets/commodit/dairy.