Washington State Dairy Ambassador Addresses Senate on Dairy Day

You don’t catch a legislator enjoying ice cream on the State Capitol steps every day, but you do on Dairy Day. Dairy made a big splash in Olympia on Tuesday, January 24th.

Dairy Day means a whole lot more than free cheese at the Capitol. This special occasion puts a spotlight on the dairy community and allows legislators to learn more about dairy farmers’ personal stories and the positive economic impact of dairy on the whole state. Alicia Smaciarz, Washington State Dairy Ambassador, along with six other County Dairy Ambassadors, spent the day visiting with government officials and touring the Capitol. Smaciarz addressed the Senate on her personal dairy story, what farmers are doing around the state to protect air and water, and stressed the nutritional importance of keeping dairy, especially milk, in schools.

“It’s rare for people my age to have the opportunity to speak in front of the Senate, so I feel very fortunate that I was able to do that,” said Alicia. “I’m really passionate about dairy, and the amazing people in the dairy community, so being able to share my message was really rewarding.”  

Following her speech, Alicia and the Ambassadors handed out ice cream, cheese, and yogurt to legislators.

Watch Alicia’s speech