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Dodd named June Dairy Month chair
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Warren County resident Molly Dodd has been named June Dairy Month chair.

Molly Dodd has been named the 2021 June Dairy Month chair for Warren County. 

Dodd was honored May 21 at the Tennessee June Dairy Month Kickoff Event at Battle Mountain Farm in College Grove. 

In 2020, there were an estimated 30,000 Tennessee dairy cows living on 180 dairy farms producing 63 million gallons of milk. The top five milk producing Tennessee counties were: Loudon, Bradley, Monroe, McMinn and Bedford.

This year’s theme, “Dairy Potter,” encourages families to make milk their first beverage choice due to its unique package of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are an essential part of a healthy diet.

Month-long activities are designed to communicate the value of milk and other dairy products to Tennessee consumers. Chairpersons play a vital role in spreading dairy’s message in their communities.

“The dairy industry is an important part of Tennessee agriculture and I feel there are lots of things the public does not know happens in this industry,” Dodd said. “I enjoy learning about new topics and I feel that promoting Tennessee’s dairy industry is important.”

Molly, a junior at Warren County High School, is the daughter of Linda and Jimmy Dodd. He is a member of the BETA club, DEKA, FCCLA, HOSA, drama club, Teen Thespian Society, the Warren County Youth Leadership and the McMinnville Lions Club. 

Molly is an active member of her 4-H chapter, focusing in garden and horticulture, plant science and citizenship project areas.

“We wish Molly much success in her role of communicating the nutritional benefits of milk and dairy products to the people in Warren County,” said American Dairy Association of Tennessee president Celeste Blackburn. “Molly will appreciate the cooperation of the people there. Her interest and enthusiasm will result in a better informed community from which all will benefit.”

Originally deemed National Milk Month by American grocers in 1937, National Dairy Month began to promote dairy consumption during peak milk production in the summer. Today, it continues celebrating with the Southeast’s communities and companies through festivals, contests and even a special night dedicated to dairy farmers at the ballpark.