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Julia Nunes’ 2-year reign as Alice draws to a close

Courtesy of Wisconsin DATCP Julia Nunes, the 74th Alice in Dairyland
SAYING GOODBYE: Julia Nunes, the 74th Alice in Dairyland, will end her two-year reign at the end of June Dairy Month.
Alice in Dairyland: The 74th Alice will crown her successor on May 21 in Madison, Wis.

My term as the 74th Alice in Dairyland will finish at the end of June, and I am so excited to be ending my experience as Alice with the celebration of June Dairy Month. I look forward to traveling Wisconsin and attending many dairy-related events to finish up my time as Alice!

June Dairy Month is a time to give thanks and highlight our state’s dairy farmers and processors. One of my favorite things about June Dairy Month is having the opportunity visit farms around the state for dairy breakfasts, farm tours and more. No two farms are the same, and it is exciting to see how each farm operates differently. Even though each farm is unique, all farmers are focused on providing the best care possible for their land and animals and producing high-quality products.

This month-long celebration of dairy has a proud heritage in Wisconsin. It started in 1937 when National Milk Month was established nationwide in response to a surplus in milk from spring calving. By 1939, National Milk Month grew to encompass all dairy products, and in 1940, Wisconsin Gov. Julius Heil proclaimed June as Dairy Month in Wisconsin.

Celebrate June Dairy Month

In Wisconsin, many dairy farms and families often open their gates to visitors by hosting breakfasts and tours, while grocery stores and other businesses feature dairy products during the month. Most counties coordinate a dairy breakfast or brunch that features Wisconsin dairy products such as milk, cheese and ice cream. These events give people from farms and cities a chance to meet, mingle and discuss Wisconsin’s rich agriculture industry. Dairy breakfasts often take place on a dairy farm where you can pet a cow, watch the milking process and meet some of the farmers who work to keep Wisconsin the great Dairy State.

The dairy industry contributes more than $45 billion to our state’s economy. Producing high-quality dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurt, butter and ice cream is what our farmers and processors do best. I encourage you to watch your local news for more information about June Dairy Month celebrations near you, and show your appreciation for the dairy community by attending these local events this summer.

You can also celebrate June Dairy Month and support local dairy farmers by including dairy products in your diet and looking for Wisconsin dairy products in stores. Learn more at wisconsindairy.org.

Find me at June Dairy Month events across the state, and follow my journey on social media by searching for Alice in Dairyland on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. I have absolutely loved serving as an ambassador for Wisconsin’s diverse agriculture industry as the 73rd and 74th Alice in Dairyland. Thank you for following my journey and for supporting Wisconsin’s farmers and processors by buying Wisconsin products in stores.

Nunes is the 74th Alice in Dairyland.

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