Jacob Graves has been named the 2019 June Dairy Month Chairman for Sumner County.

Graves was honored May 30 at the Tennessee June Dairy Month Kickoff Event at Battle Mountain Farm in College Grove. The event included recognition from Celeste Blackburn, president of the American Dairy Association of Tennessee.

The official kickoff celebration recognizes Tennessee 4-H members’ efforts to promote June Dairy Month in Tennessee. The event is co-sponsored by The Dairy Alliance, 4-H and the Tennessee Farm Bureau.

June Dairy Month activities are designed to communicate the value of milk and other dairy products to Tennessee consumers. Chairpersons play a vital role in spreading dairy’s message in their communities.

“I have been on the June Dairy Month Committee in my county for the past three years. It has always been my goal to be the chairman. I love going to the different places and educating adults and kids on the benefits of dairy products,” Graves said. “I’m excited to be the June Dairy Month Chairman this year! I have a chance to tell people how important dairy products are for your health—it’s in your DNA!”

Graves, a freshman at Gallatin High School, is the son of Tim and Tammy Graves. Jacob attends Eastside Missionary Baptist Church. He is student council president and plays soccer, gold, track and Wado Ryu karate. Jacob is an active member of his 4-H chapter, participating in communications projects. In addition to the June Dairy Month Committee, Jacob competes in wildlife judging, livestock judging, the Diary Quiz Bowl, the Congress History Bowl and more.

“We wish Jacob much success in his role of communicating the nutritional benefits of milk and dairy products to the people in Sumner County,” said American Dairy Association of Tennessee president Celeste Blackburn. “Jacob will appreciate the cooperation of the people there. His interest and enthusiasm will result in a better informed community from which all will benefit.”

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