Contestants Vie for Dairy Princess Title and Role as Industry Ambassador District 2 Looks to Crown 2023 Dairy Princess on April 1st

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TRACY, Calif. – March 8, 2023 – Two young women will compete for the prestigious title of Dairy Princess during the District 2 Dairy Princess contest on April 1, 2023, at the Petaluma Veterans Building. The contest will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing.


This year's contestants are Emma Stafford of Petaluma and Tauni Fasano of Rohnert Park.

Emma is the daughter of Lance and Dana Stafford. She is a senior at Petaluma High School and plans to attend California State University, Chico, or Oklahoma State University to pursue a degree in Animal Science. Emma is currently employed at Beretta Dairy and she has been raising and showing dairy cattle since she was 9 years old. She has served as the Petaluma Future Farmers of America Treasurer, Vice President, and President. She has also served as the Future Farmers of America Sonoma Section President, the North Coast Region Vice President for the Sonoma Section, and the North Coast Region Secretary. Emma is a member of the National Holstein Association, the California Holstein Association, and the Redwood Empire Holstein Association.


Tauni is the daughter of Michael and Tina Fasano. She comes from a generational dairy family, Ferreira & Son Dairy, she shows dairy cattle at the local county fair, and she is competing on the Sebastopol Future Farmers of America dairy judging team. Tauni is a senior at Analy High School and plans to attend Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to a 4-year university to pursue a degree in Agribusiness. Tauni is an active member of Sebastopol Future Farmers of America, was on the Rancho Cotate High School swim team, and served as the Rancho Cotate High School class treasurer as a freshman. Tauni has been a member of the Rohnert Park Girls Softball Association for 5 years, and the Gold Ridge 4-H for 2 years where she served as Sergeant at Arms.


The young lady crowned as Dairy Princess will represent the dairy industry in Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties. She will serve the area as an ambassador for the dairy industry with various audiences. The newly selected princess and her alternates will participate in a mandatory training, provided by the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), where they will receive professional development coaching.


The contest is sponsored by the North Bay Dairy Women and the California Milk Advisory Board. The contest will start at 6:30p.m. followed by dinner and dancing. To purchase tickets for the contest, please contact Judy Buttke via email at Tickets can also be purchased in Petaluma at John’s Dairy Supply and Jay Palm’s Saddle Shop in Petaluma.


California is the nation’s leading milk producer, and produces more butter, ice cream and nonfat dry milk than any other state. California is the second-largest producer of cheese and yogurt. California milk and dairy foods can be identified by the Real California Milk seal, which certifies they are made with milk from the state’s dairy farm families.

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