PHILADELPHIA - Larry Kulp, a Blair County dairy farmer, spoke on behalf of all dairy farmers across the state on June 15 during the annual salute to dairy farmers sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program.
Dairy is the largest segment of Pennsylvania's agriculture industry, generating more than $1.51 billion in economic activity.
"Producing fresh, local, nutritious milk for my fellow Pennsylvanians is a great honor," Kulp said. "I get to work with cows, the land and my family every day, which makes dairy farming one of the best jobs around."
As part of the day's festivities, volunteers created a giant sundae using 90 gallons of vanilla ice cream, 10 gallons of chocolate fudge, 10 gallons of cherries and 30 pounds of chopped pecans.
"June's 30 days are a wonderful opportunity to salute the 7,400 Pennsylvania families who produce 5.6 percent of the nation's total milk supply," said Patty Purcell, CEO of Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association. "Dairy farmers take great pride in caring for their animals. The public can be assured that dairy farmers care for their herds by providing a nutritious diet, good medical care and healthy living conditions."