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Join the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and detour over to the Indiana State Fair on Friday, Aug. 13 from 6–8 a.m. for the 15th Annual World’s Largest Drive-Thru Breakfast! With help from the Indiana Beef Council, the Indiana State Poultry Association and Milk Promotions Services of Indiana, for just $3 you can receive a beef and egg burrito, coffee, juice or milk, a fair ticket redeemable Monday, August 16 – Friday, August 20 and a gallon of E10, ethanol-blended fuel. E10 is compatible in any vehicle and is available to the first 400 cars compliments of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council, CountryMark and Co-Alliance. Proceeds from the event go toward the 4-H Education Complex renovations on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. And in honor of the 2010 State Fair Year of Pigs, Governor Daniels will also be stopping by on his “hog” (aka Harley motorcycle) to show his support.


Indianapolis — Indiana State Fair attendees are invited to follow the Food for Thought Recipe Trail presented by Indiana’s Family of Famers–and win! Collect recipe cards from all eight locations on the Recipe Trail around the Fair grounds, (maps will be available), bring them to the final destination—the Food for Thought display at the FFA Pavilion and win a prize for just completing the trail (while supplies last). Then, register for the daily and grand prizes.

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It’s hard to believe that today, August 6th, begins the Year of Pigs at the 2010 Great Indiana State Fair! For the die-hard Dairy Bar diners you have enjoyed the Moose Tracks hand dipped ice cream, been amazed by the gooey elasticity of Indiana made Gouda grilled cheese sandwich, and this year — you’ll be raving over the chocolate pig. Yes, as our tribute to the Year of Pigs the Dairy Bar has developed a custard dessert that is topped with crispy smoked bacon bits, crunchy roasted almonds, and rich chocolate syrup! The American Dairy Association’s Dairy Bar also has the best family meal value on the fairgrounds.


Written by Audrie Koester about her experiences as the 2009 Indiana Dairy Princess and how they related to Lucy Nolan’s book, “A Fairy in a Dairy.” Traveling 3,350 miles across Indiana has been an experience I will never forget. I would like to thank everyone at MPSI and my mother for taking care of me along the way. Although my journey ended last week as I passed the tiara to the 2010 Indiana Dairy Princess, Elles Niessen, I hope to find more unique ways to keep the ‘Fairy in the Dairy’ alive.


It’s that time of year again… The 2010 Indiana State Fair will be underway on August 6 and last until August 22. As always, there is a fair theme this year and that is the Year of Pigs! Pork is a $3 billion industry in Indiana which makes it the 5th largest producer of pork in the United States. Now that’s a lot of pork chops! So, as your looking for something to do this summer, bring your family to The Great Indiana State Fair for a day filled with fun activities, live entertainment, tasty treats, livestock shows, and much more! Gate admission is only $8 for general admission with children 5 & under being free.


2010 Indiana Dairy Princess Crowned

by Jenni on July 28, 2010

Elles Niessen of Lewisville was selected as the 2010 – 2011 Dairy Princess for the American Dairy Association of Indiana. The crowning took place before a crowd of dairy industry members, their families and friends, on Tuesday, July 27, at the Embassy Suites North in Indianapolis. Retiring Princess Audrie Koester of Wadesville ended her reign by turning over the title to Elles and wished her well as she represents the Indiana Dairy Industry throughout the coming year. Elles will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for Indiana’s dairy farmers during the year by making a number of public appearances and participating in promotional events.

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Do you want to let the public know all the great things about modern dairy farming? Are there consumer misperceptions about dairy that you want to set straight? Are you a fan of milk, cheese and yogurt and want to let others know why? Here’s your chance: Enter the Why I Love Dairy Video Contest, sponsored by Dairy Management Inc. (DMI).


A Local Farmer's Market Adventure!

by Jenni on July 1, 2010

July is National Ice Cream Month, and this week has been a whirlwind of events for us interns. We, Victoria and Olga, were fortunate enough to visit a local farmers market down the road. For Olga, this was not the first trip to a farmers market, but Victoria had never been to one!!! We absolutely had to explore the wonders of crisp fresh veggies, aromatic colorful fruits and so much more. We headed to ALC’s Farmer’s Market and discovered a quaint collection of fragrant flowers and herbs such as red & pistou basil, lemon balm, red vein sorrel, English lavender, shiso, thyme and sage–just to name a few.

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Scream for Ice Cream

by Jenni on June 25, 2010

Join the American Dairy Association of Indiana and its Hoosier Dairy Farm Families as they “Scream for Ice Cream” at the 21st annual Ice Cream Social on the Circle!
Delicious chocolate, strawberry, caramel, and butterscotch sundaes are on the menu on Friday, July 9, from 11 am to 2 pm, on the northwest quadrant of Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis.


Indiana Action for Healthy Kids is a network of concerned Hoosiers who are passionate about helping our youth develop healthy lifestyles. So, what does it do to recognize schools that have made it a mission to help their students adopt more healthy lifestyles? They plan a celebration to recognize those schools and provide breakout sessions and networking opportunities so that any Hoosier interested in providing a healthy school environment can get needed information to accomplish just that.