Indiana Crowns 2012 Dairy Princess

By Kimmi Devaney

Being a dairy princess is so much more than just a tiara. It’s an opportunity to educate others about the dairy industry and to grow so much personally and professionally. For young ladies in the dairy industry, this is an honor many dream about since they are little girls.

On Tuesday July 24th, Indiana crowned a new dairy princess. 2012 Indiana Dairy Princess Annie Achen, 17, is the daughter of Craig and Cindy Achen of Ambia, Indiana. She was selected from an excellent group of nine candidates to represent Indiana dairy farmers throughout the next year.

Annie lives and works on her family’s 3,000 cow dairy in Benton County Indiana where she also assists with farm tours. Her family has been active exhibiting dairy cattle at county fairs through 4-H and FFA and at national shows with the Milking Shorthorn and Brown Swiss breeds. Her long-term career goal is to own and operate her own dairy farm somewhere in the Midwest.

As Indiana Dairy Princess, Annie will serve as an ambassador for the dairy industry, representing Indiana dairy farmers, at numerous events throughout her reign. Annie will also be actively involved in promoting dairy at the Indiana State Fair as we celebrate the Year of Dairy Cows August 3-19, 2012.

Raise a glass of milk and join us as we congratulate Annie and all the wonderful young ladies representing the dairy industry. Here’s to a great year!

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