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Milk Month in Kentucky

We are now five days into Milk Month in Kentucky.

Governor Steve Beshear proclaimed June for the state's official beverage, signing a proclamation recognizing the importance of Kentucky's dairy industry.

“I urge all Kentuckians to support Kentucky’s dairy industry, and to salute Kentucky’s dairy farmers and processors for their contributions to Kentucky,” Beshear said in a news release. “The Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund has helped the regrowth of Kentucky’s dairy industry with more than $13 million in grants and loans related to the dairy industry.”

Dairy farming is a family tradition, one that has been a way of life for many generations in the Commonwealth. Kentucky dairy farmers and processors are proud to provide consumers and their families with safe, wholesome dairy foods.  They take pride in producing a nutritious product for their neighbors and communities.

More than 125 million gallons of milk are produced on Kentucky farms. In 2013, cash receipts from the sale of milk were nearly $226 million, making a vital contribution to the economy of Kentucky. Kentucky also boasts several dairy processing facilities that produce a variety of dairy products, including gourmet cheeses, yogurts, cottage cheese, bottled milk, salad dressings and ice cream. 

During June, the Kentucky Dairy Development Council (KDDC), Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA), the Dairy Processors Association of Kentucky (DPAK) and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) will celebrate dairy month with special events across the state. 

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Dairy Packs Power!” Dairy foods offer nine essential nutrients including calcium, vitamin D, protein and potassium, which play key roles in building strong bones and teeth.  Milk, cheese and yogurt “pack power” with protein and are a healthy part of a balanced, nutritious diet.

Take time to celebrate June Dairy Month by enjoying the many dairy products available locally, including an ice cold glass of milk – the official beverage of Kentucky.