Super Bowl champion, former New York Giants running back and Syracuse University alumnus Joe Morris, spokesperson of the NFL’s “Fuel Up to Play 60” program, will be a special guest at the Assembly Minority Conference’s annual Dairy Day reception on Tuesday, June 12 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Legislative Office Building in Albany, hosted by Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C-Black River). Kolb and Blankenbush, Minority Ranker on the Assembly Agriculture Committee, also will be joined by their legislative colleagues, state agriculture representatives and members of New York’s dairy industry to celebrate the benefits of dairy products to the health of the state’s economy and its citizens.
Morris will present excited children from Glendaal Elementary School in Scotia with a plaque for their commitment to the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which stresses the importance of consuming nutrient-rich foods, such as dairy products, and exercising at least 60 minutes each day. The Fuel Up to Play 60 program was launched by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture.
“Dairy Day is a great annual tradition, and this year we will have the pleasure of welcoming Giants Super Bowl champion Joe Morris to talk about the importance of dairy for good overall health,” said Kolb. “It will be exciting to highlight the entire spectrum of the dairy industry at this year’s Dairy Day – from the farmers who milk the cows to the children who enjoy the delicious health benefits.”
As of the last Agricultural Census, there are 5,700 dairy farms in New York and the Empire State is the nation’s third largest milk producer and fourth largest cheese producer, accounting for more than 7 percent of the nation’s cheese; ranked third in the production of Italian and mozzarella cheeses, accounting for nearly 10 percent of all production of Italian cheese in the nation; and ranked first in cream, cottage cheese, low-fat cottage cheese and sour cream production.
“The delicious dairy foods the public will have the chance to sample will be provided by our dairy farmers, who are some of the hardest-working people you will ever meet and are the true backbone of New York’s economy. Each year, Dairy Day offers a special opportunity for us to give thanks to them and let them know how important they are to our entire state,” Kolb said.