Last week, Lorelei and I went to “Cookies and Milk with the Commissioner of Agriculture” at LeCows Dairy in Paducah.
When they found out that Commissioner Comer would be stopping by, they invited the whole community to visit their farm, enjoy some cookies and milk and give him a west Kentucky welcome.
Since I’m not from Paducah, I really don’t know any of the other farm families in the county.
When I heard about the event, and that LeCows Dairy’s Lesa Clark and Ellie Waggoner were fellow Commonground volunteers, I jumped at the chance to go experience their farm and meet them.
Like most American farms, the LeCows Dairy is a family farm. In fact, little miss Sadie (who is not much younger than Lorelei) will be the fourth generation on the farm!
I expected that Lorelei’s favorite part of the day would be meeting Sadie, however, she’s going through a huge cow phase right now and nothing was going to top meeting the bottle calves at LeCows!
After a few minutes of moo-ing back and forth at the calves and some coaxing from Mommy, Lorelei decided to pet one of the calves. I wish I would have gotten her squeal on video! I don’t know who jumped higher, me or the calf!
Of course the real reason we were all there was to hear from Commissioner Comer.
Comer is a fellow former state FFA officer, so he always invites the local FFA chapters out and involves them in his visits.
Since I grew up showing livestock, hearing the Commissioner of Agriculture speak wasn’t anything special. Generally, it was something I experienced 2-3 times a year.
For many FFA members, however, this is not the case. I appreciate Comer’s commitment to connecting with FFA members across the state and helping them to get involved in the future of Kentucky agriculture policy.
The LeCows Dairy event was the 6th time Lorelei has heard Comer speak. (Though I doubt she’s taking much of it in yet!) I guess that’s what happens when you tag along with Mommy to cover ag events!
I loved how laid back this event was. Comer and his staff were available to visit with everyone and enjoy cookies, milk and ice cream with us all.
Lorelei and I had a lot of fun visiting with the folks from the commissioner’s office as well as some of our friends from the Kentucky Soybean Board and Southeast United Dairy Association Industry of America (SUDIA).
She charmed her way into a Jersey cow mask/fan, a Got Milk key chain and a little toy Holstein from their booths. When you’re 16 months old that makes for a pretty great day!
We loved having cookies, milk and ice cream sandwiches for breakfast and getting to meet the family behind LeCows Dairy.
Thank you all for having us. We can’t wait to visit again!