Spring has always been my favorite season of the year. I love to feel the air grow warm and find plants beginning to grow again. My favorite thing is the wild flowers. Our farm has numerous sections of woods, and if you know where to look you will find carpets of flowers: false rue anemone, Dutchman’s breeches, Virginia bluebells, bloodroots, trout lilies and more. Every year they poke their brave heads through quicker than I would imagine possible and bless the world with their beauty. These flowers are a part of what makes me thankful that I grew up on a farm where it is possible for me to enjoy this beauty.
    In the spring, as farmers, we are raring to go. The fields swiftly go from too wet and cold to just right in a few days. The satisfaction of getting the crops in the ground is a big part of spring. Gardeners like my mom have little seeds coming up in a sunny corner of the house. Everyone yearns for a little green. Each year, I dread the overwhelming rush of work yet anxiously look forward to spring and all it brings. Most of all, spring brings hope. It brings hope of new plants, a new growing season. It is a time to leave the past behind and start fresh. It is a time to leave the cold and closeness of winter.
    As Princess Kay, I want to find spring and new hope in all I do. I continue to post on Facebook and Instagram every few days. I am always trying to think of fresh, photographic ways of presenting the diverse world of dairy farming and dairy nutrition.
    This past month, I gave a speech at the All Breeds Convention. Giving a speech is not a new experience, but it is an important one. Whether I give one speech, or 15, each is important as I share with the people before me.
    One new type of event was the Farm-City Hub Club Farm Show that I attended. I first did book reading with the kids, and afterwards spoke to attendees as they came past the booth. I was well equipped with coloring books, stickers, string cheese and more to tempt the passerby into stopping. It was such fun to take pictures with the little girls and send them off armed with coloring books. I also loved talking with adults, and even had the chance to visit with the Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Thom Pederson.  
    In the coming months, I want to continue to represent you well. This is important work, and I never want to lose sight of that amongst the myriad details of the day to day. I want to go to events, write these articles and post on social media with renewed excitement, purpose and vision.
    So, for each of you this month, I encourage you to embrace spring and enjoy the hope that it brings. Most of all, I encourage you to find renewed vision in the things you do. As dairy farmers, we are doing important work. Let us take spring as our opportunity to be re-energized and renewed.
    Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Amy Kyllo, serves as the Minnesota dairy community’s goodwill ambassador. Throughout the year, Princess Kay helps people understand the dedication of dairy farmers to wholesome and nutritious food, and the way milk is produced. Princess Kay does many school presentations, represents dairy farmers at the Fuel Up To Play 60 events that are held in conjunction with the Minnesota Vikings, and is very active during June Dairy Month sharing the importance of dairy farming and dairy foods. Amy grew up in Byron, Minnesota, living and working on her family’s dairy farm. She is a senior at the Free Lutheran Bible College. She enjoys music, loves to read and is an avid Minnesota Twins baseball fan.