Stuff I read about this week that you should care about 6/10/2018. June Dairy Month Special.
Happy June Dairy Month!
June is a month dedicated to the goodness of dairy, and is kicked off by #WorldMilkDay on June 1. It all started in the year 1937, when June was originally dubbed as National Milk Month as a way to distribute extra milk during summer. They changed the name to National #DairyMonth two years later. This week I’ve listed article links I came across that highlight #DairyMonth activities, information and stats showcasing the positive impact the dairy industry has on our economy. Just know that I’m only scratching the surface of all the great dairy inspired chronicles out there. Enjoy!
- Celebrating National Dairy Month in America’s Dairyland
- “Farm Show in June” Celebrates Dairy Month and Pouring Milk Across the State for Families in Need
- Stats for Stories: National Dairy Month: June 2018
- Rep. Hebl: Celebrating June Dairy Month (Gary Hebl, Wisconsin)
- Governor Brown Recognizes Contribution Of Dairy Farm Families To California Communities And Economy With Proclamation Of June As “Real California Milk Month”
- Gov. Bevin proclaims “June 2018” as Dairy Month in Kentucky. (Feel good video!)
- June is Dairy Month (Missouri press release)
- Daybreak celebrates June Dairy Month (Video clip from a news broadcast in Wisconsin)
- Bacon avocado dip (yes, newsworthy)
- Celebrate dairy month at the Capitol (Michigan).
- If this is near you, the event is Friday, June 15. Details in the link provided!
Let’s pull some of the awesome stats from those links I shared.
- “More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians are at risk for hunger and nearly half a million of them are children. One in five Pennsylvania children goes hungry every day. To help alleviate hunger, Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and charitable food assistance organizations partnered to launch Fill a Glass with Hope® (FAGWH) in 2015. To date, FAGWH has raised more than $1 million and provided more than 7 million servings of fresh milk across the state.” Source here.
- “The dairy industry is the largest segment of Wisconsin agriculture, contributing more than $43 billion to our state economy on an annual basis, which contributes more to our economy than citrus does to Florida ($10.7 billion), or potatoes do to Idaho ($6.7 billion).” Source here.
- “As the state’s (California) leading agricultural commodity, the industry adds approximately $21 billion to the local economy each year and is responsible for 32 percent of U.S. dairy exports and 189,000 jobs that are dependent upon dairy production and processing.” Source here.
- “The average American consumes 36 pounds of cheese per year.” Source here.
- “About 72 percent of the calcium in the U.S. food supply comes from dairy foods.” Source here.
- “The dairy industry is one of Michigan’s leading agricultural segments, contributing upward of $14.7 billion annually to the state’s economy. Michigan is home to nearly 415,000 dairy cows, which produce nearly 9.6 billion pounds of milk annually, ranking the state sixth in the nation for milk production.” Source here.