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Now more than ever, dairy farmers need our support

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 I hope you’ve been enjoying some delicious beef dishes and supporting the beef industry over the past few weeks.

Beef month wrapped up at the end of May and the governor kicked off June Dairy month at the first of this month. 

What better time to celebrate Dairy Month, than in June? 

I don’t know about you, but I am always up for some cold and delicious frozen dairy treats! As the heat has set in here in the bluegrass, it’s the perfect time for ice cream. 

If you read my article a few editions back, you will recall the dairy farmers I mentioned who were losing their milk contracts with Dean’s. 

Nineteen dairy farmers in Kentucky alone lost their contracts.

That’s nineteen families who are having to sell their livestock. 

Nineteen families who are most likely going to have to sell their farms and milking equipment.

Nineteen families who are literally having to sell the dream of passing the family farm down to their sons and daughters and grandsons and granddaughters. 

Nineteen families who are having to give up their lifestyle. Not just a job or a paycheck; their livelihood. 

Nineteen families who worked sun up to sun down in the summer’s heat and winter’s cold to provide milk for basically pennies on the dollar and now it’s all gone. 

So, yes. I’ll have some ice cream sandwiches, some whipping cream to make homemade ice cream, some cheese on my burger, some butter on my corn, some creamer in my coffee and some milk with my cookies. 

Why? 

Because I can’t imagine having the dream of passing our farm down to our children stripped away from us.

Especially when the average age of the American farmer is 58 years old and rising and there are fewer and fewer young farmers returning to the farm to take their place. 

I can’t imagine having to sell our farm that we worked so hard to restore and improve. Structures like: our barn that Jerry’s parents  sustaining what school officials called significant damage that included smashed lockers, holes in the wall and damage to equipment owned by other players. Officials said at the time that the football fieldhouse was broken into that night as well, but sustained no damage.

Damages to the facilities totaled $2,200, according to the sheriff’s office.

No dates had been set for arraignment as of Tuesday afternoon.

Franklin earned various honors in baseball and football. On the baseball field, Franklin played centerfield and often batted near the top of the order.  Franklin was a standout on the football field where he ran for 1,232 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2017. Overall, he scored 21 touchdowns for the Bearcats last fall. Franklin’s gridiron accomplishments earned him a spot on the Kentucky All-Star team that defeated Tennessee in the Border Bowl game in January.

Penny completed his Anderson career as the school’s all-time leading scorer in boys’ basketball with 2,251 points. A four-year starter, he earned numerous all-district, all-region and all-state selections and was named the Eighth Region Player of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches.

Penny earned a spot on the Kentucky All-Star team for the summer series against Indiana. Penny played in both games June 8-9.