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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A new initiative designed to help Kentucky farmers has placed milk from Kentucky and processed in the state in 32 Walmart stores.
"Udderly Kentucky" milk is processed by Prairie Farms Dairy in Somerset. It uses milk from 105 Kentucky dairy farmers in central and south-central Kentucky, who receive seven cents per gallon. The number of dairy producers in Kentucky has declined by almost 50 percent since 2000.
"This initiative has the potential for more direct farm impact than any program in Kentucky Proud history," Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a news release. "A lot of people don't know that milk that is processed in Kentucky may still be milk that is shipped in from surrounding states. I want to encourage all Kentuckians to seek out the ‘Udderly Kentucky' label and buy a product that puts money directly in the hands of our own dairy farmers."
"Udderly Kentucky" milk is offered in whole, 2%, 1%, and skim varieties in gallon sizes.
"When Commissioner Comer and his staff suggested this partnership with Walmart, we knew it was right for these farm families and for the Kentucky community that we serve," said Tino Soto, a market manager who has served as regional buyer for Walmart.
"Prairie Farms is a processing facility owned by farmers, so this is a natural fit for us," said Mike Chandler of Prairie Farms.
The test markets for the milk include Walmart stores in Barbourville, Bardstown, Berea, Campbellsville, Columbia, Corbin, Danville, Frankfort, Glasgow, Georgetown, Harrodsburg, Hardinsburg, Lawrenceburg, Lebanon, Leitchfield, Lexington, London, Manchester, Middlesboro, Monticello, Nicholasville, Richmond, Somerset, Stanford, Tompkinsville, Williamsburg, and Winchester.
You can find a list of locations where "Udderly Kentucky" milk is sold at www.UdderlyKY.com.
The money for marketing came from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board through its Kentucky Proud program.