Throughout 2016, Dairy Herd Management magazine will share a new Real Face of Dairy story each month.

The June feature article focuses on a woman who grew up a dairy gal and a longtime advocate for the dairy industry. Before her first blog post Mary Faber was sharing her passion for dairy cows and farming lifestyle with college friends and fair goers. Today she’s taken that conversation to the global stage. On the Mackinson Dairy blog Mary answers the important questions many people have about dairy products and the industry as a whole. From every day consumers to moms looking to serve their family a balanced diet, she explains dairy products and the farms that are dedicated to those beloved bovines. Learn more about Mary and her story by clicking on the June article below.

More About June’s Real Faces
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About the Author:

Christy Couch Lee Christy Couch Lee

Christy Couch Lee grew up on a purebred cow-calf operation in southern Indiana and exhibited purebred Shorthorns and Simmentals through the national junior associations.

Active in the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) chapter and the OSU Agricultural Ambassadors, Lee developed a love of agricultural writing and photography. She graduated from OSU in 1999 with a degree in agricultural communications. During her senior year, Lee was named the 1999 Outstanding Graduating Senior in Agricultural Communications, and a Top-Ten Senior in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

While in college, Lee gained her first publication experience as an intern for the Angus Journal. After graduation, she worked as a field editor for the American Quarter Horse Journal. She then transitioned into a position as a regional editor for John Deere’s The Furrow magazine and was quickly promoted to managing editor of John Deere’s Homestead magazine with a North American circulation of 100,000. Lee served as the director of communications for the National Swine Registry (NSR) for nearly 10 years, where she led the staff to earn the 2004 James Flanagan Most-Improved Publication award from the Livestock Publications Council.

Lee has owned Cee Lee Communications for six years, specializing in freelance writing and photography in the agricultural industry. As well, she operates a portrait photography studio – Cee Lee Photography – in Hoopeston, Ill.

Her passion for the agricultural industry has led Lee to writing about and capturing in photos a variety of topics – from dairy and beef cattle, and horse training and health; to corn and soybean production, and “rural lifestyle” issues including vineyard production and carnivorous plants.

Lee served on the Livestock Publications Council (LPC) board of directors for more than 10 years, and was the 2013-14 president. She was named a 2012 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Young Leader award winner, presented at the IFAJ Congress in Stockholm, Sweden. And she was honored to receive the American Agricultural Editors Association (AAEA) Andy Markwart Horizon Award in 2013.

Lee has also claimed numerous writing and photography awards through LPC and the AAEA.

She enjoys actively participating in and volunteering for the Milford Christian Church in Milford, Ill., and in her children’s schools.

She and her husband, Craig, have three children: sons Waylon and Nolan, and daughter Caroline. They live near the Lee family farm in Wellington, Ill., and love being “show parents” in the Hereford industry, as both Waylon and Nolan participate in Illinois and national Hereford events and 4-H. They cherish nothing more than the opportunity to raise their children in the country, in the lifestyle that has meant so much to them.