Submitted Samantha Russell is the June Dairy Month Chairman for Macon County.


Samantha Russell is the June Dairy Month Chairman for Macon County.


Samantha Bussell has been named the 2018 June Dairy Month Chairman for Macon County. June Dairy Month activities are designed to communicate the value of milk and dairy products to Tennessee consumers, and chairpersons play a vital role in spreading dairy's message in their community.

Bussell will be honored at the Tennessee June Dairy Month Kickoff Event in College Grove at Battle Mountain Farm on May 30. The event will include recognition from Celeste Blackburn, president of the American Dairy Association of Tennessee.

"I have a great respect for the dairy farmers and their dedication to the agriculture industry," Bussell said.

The celebration, which officially kicks off June Dairy Month in Tennessee, recognizes Tennessee 4-H members' efforts to promote June Dairy Month. The event is co-sponsored by the Dairy Alliance, 4-H and the Tennessee Farm Bureau.

"I feel that as part of the agriculture industry, we must all support one another," Bussell said. "The dairy industry has faced increased challenges recently. We all need to show our support for them."

Bussell is the daughter of Ronnie and Diann Bussell and is a junior at Macon County High School. Bussell is a member of the youth fair board, the Future Farmers of America and the Angus Association.

"We wish Samantha much success in her role of communicating the nutritional benefits of milk and dairy products to the people in Macon County," said Blackburn. "Samantha will appreciate the cooperation of the people there. Her interest and enthusiasm will result in a better informed community from which all will benefit."

Bussell is an active member of her 4-H chapter, participating in public speaking, 4-H Congress and livestock judging.

National Dairy Month began in 1937 as a way to promote dairy consumption during peak milk production in the summer. Today, it continues with communities, companies, and people from the Southeast celebrating in a variety of ways, including festivals, contests and even a special night dedicated to dairy farmers at the ballpark.

In 2017, there was an estimated 40,000 Tennessee dairy cows living on 270 dairy farms, which produced 80.6 million gallons -- or approximately 693 million pounds -- of milk. The top six milk-producing Tennessee counties were Loudon, Monroe, Bradley, Bedford, McMinn and Washington.

This year's theme -- "Get More with Milk" -- focuses on the consumer and 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.