What We Do
The Mission of the Allied Milk Producers’ Cooperative is to teach people of all ages the need to enhance and preserve their nutritional health through the consumption of vitamins and minerals from the five food groups, with emphasis on three daily servings from the milk group.
LITTLE RED BARN
We support community events by loaning out The Little Red Barn, a virtual billboard on wheels which frequents many public festivals, to community groups and organizations for dispensing dairy products; it meets all requirements of the PA Department of Health for public food service. Call us at 814-254-4814 to reserve the Little Red Barn for your special event.
ROOF GARDEN TRACTOR BUDDIES!
Allied partners with the Roof Garden Tractor Buddies of Somerset County by offering financial support in exchange for dairy promotion activities.
They square dance with tractors! Cool, huh?
Rob races on dirt tracks all over Pennsylvania. Check out his site for more info.
The Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Program
To encourage the development and use of a wider variety of dairy promotions, Allied Milk Producers sponsors a Special Incentive Award, open to all Pennsylvania County Princesses and Alternates. Allied will reward any county Princess/Alternate for carrying out one or more of the promotions outlined on the “Ideas for Special Promotions” sheet. The promotion must be identifiable from the idea sheets, but must be expanded or elaborated upon. Other original activities are encouraged but must be approved in advance by Allied Milk Producers.
Allied has a limited supply of hand-out items for Princess promotions. Please contact our office for available items.
Each year, through the state’s dairy princess program, approximately 35,000 leaflets of 20 dairy recipes are distributed throughout the state. These leaflets have been developed and printed by us for each county princess to use as a handout at her promotional functions.
LANCASTER MILK WAGON
We distribute over 64,000 two-pocket folders have been distributed to elementary schools in over 10 counties in PA this year. On request, we give financial assistance to schools that want milk vending machines. Teachers and school administrators interested in hosting a dairy education program may contact us for further information.
Schools that celebrate special dates like “Earth Day” or “Fitness Week” may request dairy related programs and/or milkshakes or cheese samples. We also help farm families who host school field trips with hand-outs and/or dairy refreshments.
Allied Milk Producers has partnered with Altoona’s Forever Broadcasting to recognize a teacher of the month during the school year. Educators are nominated by students within the broadcast area, and we provide an ice cream party for the students of the winning teacher’s classroom.
JANUARY TEACHER OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to Mrs. Kiersten Wasovich – 2nd Grade Teacher – Pleasant Valley Elementary School,Altoona!
Forever Broadcasting Radio Station WALY DJ Bill Kurtis and Eva Strang, Education Specialist at Allied Milk Producers, presented to Mrs. Kiersten Wasovich (Teacher), 2nd grade student, Audrey with a plaque and a gift bag from Allied Milk Producers, and the kids were given an ice cream party and milk to celebrate!
We also have a partnership with WTAJ-TV for a Teacher of the Month covering counties in Central. November’s Teacher is James Droz, 3rd grade teacher in Evertt Area School District. Presentation was made on the 16th and elementary students had an opportunity to milk our lifesized mechanical cow. Congratulations to Mr. James Droz from Breezewood Elementary School on being named our November Teacher of the Month! WTAJ and Allied Milk Producers are teaming up to recognize local teachers as our Teacher of the Month! If you know a teacher you’d like to recognize, click here to learn more!
Part of our work is to provide school teachers, home economics instructors, and public health nutritionists with reliable information and avenues to learn about the benefits of dairy.
Ten scholarships, worth $700 each, are offered to any PA teacher wishing to take a Penn State short course in July, for credit, called “Ag in the Classroom”, which teaches children from where their food and fiber come.
Allied helps sponsor Safe Halloween for young children in the Johnstown and Altoona areas by distributing as many as 1400 cheese sticks to the trick-or-treaters, a big hit for young and old alike.
EO Media Solutions, LLC. Is a partner with Allied Milk Producers.
A partnership with Del Grosso’s Amusement Park in Tipton includes many dairy promotional announcements which air over the PA system at the park during the operating season. In addition, a milk vending machine offers visitors a healthy option, with chocolate milk being the reported favorite.
GETTING THE WORD OUT
Dairy promotion billboards are displayed throughout the state year round, often featuring our own “Mouszarella” ©.
Radio commercials and promotions can be found on:
Forever Broadcasting, Johnstown & Altoona
WFRB, 105.3 FM, Cumberland, MD
WIOV, 105.1 FM, Camp Hill
Results Radio, Johnstown
Renda Broadcasting, Indiana
WQZS, 93.3 FM, Meyersdale
First Media Radio, Dubois
WDAC, 94.5 FM, York
WLAN, 97 FM, Lancaster
WQPO, 101 FM, Harrisonburg, VA
WRTA, 1240 AM, Altoona, PA
WBRX, 94.7 FM, Altoona
Allied features an ad each month promoting dairy through information and recipes in the Central Penn Parent publication.
Dairy information is featured on the Somerset Daily American’s is also part of our sponsorship of NIE. “Mini Page” during February (Dental Health Month), June (Dairy Month),
July (Ice Cream Month…Mmmmm), and October (Cheese Month).
Special Projects have included sponsorship of the holiday series and backpage ads in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat where Allied Milk has featured timely dairy recipes and tips.
Allied is a sponsor for “Newspapers in Education”, a project of the Indiana Gazette.
Allied Milk just got a Milking Cow
To take to events across Pennsylvania and Maryland…Oh wow, dairy farmers have a milking cow? Who’d a known? Well, this isn’t your average milking cow, it’s like a robotic cow, that mooos, and that you can milk. You can learn to milk a real cow with this..amazing! A company in New Hampshire The Incredible Milking Cow created this custom-made cow for us, and it’s on its way to PA via pickup truck.
On Saturday, August 5th, Allied Milk participated in WITF’s annual event called Ready Set Go Kindergarten (RSGK) at the Public Media Center in Harrisburg PA
With an average number of participants of 900+, RSGK brings families, educators and community partners together to celebrate this important milestone. It strengthens the idea that community support is essential in healthy child development. RSGK provides an opportunity to get important information in the hands of parents and connect them with resources that will help their child succeed in school. It offers an educational and engaging environment designed to prepare parents and children for this life-changing transition. Favorite PBS characters are used as educational magnets to enhance the event to make learning fun and engaging. There are lots of hugs and high-fives!
Many activity stations integrate STEM, literacy, nature, health and social development themed content into interactive age appropriate activities and educational experiences that extends learning well beyond the event.
Allied Milk provided engaging activities such as counting ice cream scoops on top of a cone, creating an coloring a cow puppet and the Dairy Princesses took the stage to read their favorite book to attending families. Milk products like string cheese was also given out.
All ages will enjoy variety of events planned for Ag Progress Days
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 15-17, will offer fun and educational activities for adults, children and families, while providing agricultural producers with valuable knowledge to improve their farm businesses
Pictures from WPSU’s Eventapalooza Sunday event. Centre County’s Dairy Princess, Gretchen Little, providing fun activities. Also, the Holland Parade handed out 6,000 bottles of Chocolate milk
2 miles long, 16 people helping and Ruby Bollinger and Dairy Princess joined us last minute.
Milk promotion at its finest…
Fayette County Dairy Princess, Elania Mayle introduced Allied Milk’s mechanical cow to the students of Conn-Area Catholic. Eva Strang, Education Coordinator of Allied Milk Producers conducted a fun filled day of activities that brought the Pre-K through 6th grade students together “face to face” with a dairy cow. The students learned where milk comes from, what products are made from milk, what a cow eats, how much water a cow drinks and how to take care of a cow. Hands on activities for students and teachers included taking turns milking a life size mechanical cow and making butter. “Gallons” of fun and a “whole” lot of learning took place until the cow went home.
Photo: (left to right) Eva Strang – Allied Milk Producers, Jessica Wolfe – Fayette County Dairy Ambassador, Elania Mayle – Fayette County Dairy Princess, Riley Knizner – 3rd Grade, Logan Holder – 3rd Grade, Landinn Porterfield – 3rd Grade, Brian Thomas – Allied Milk Producers and Ed Thomas Allied Milk Producers