Looking back over the past year, there were a lot of great stories about Oregon dairy farmers, processors and the positive work they support with schools, health professionals and communities across the state.
In case you missed them, here are links to some notable posts we shared in 2017:
Umatilla Learning Connection Town Hall Reaps Positive Results
What I Learned on My First Visit to a Dairy Farm
21st Century Dairy Farm, 21st Century Dairy Farmer
Grants Support Strengthening Oregon Schools and Students
New Elk Meadow Students’ Video Highlights Healthy Habits
Community Inspired to Live Stronger, Healthier and Happier
Outstanding in His Field: Noah Miramontes on Dairy Farming and Soccer
Meet the Miramontes Family: First Generation Oregon Dairy Farmers
Seven Things You Should Know About Large Dairies
Every Day is Earth Day for Dairy Farmers
Exploring New Markets for Dairy Exports
Southeast Asia Dairy Trade Mission Updates
School Culinary Trainings Spice Up the Menu
Back to School: Literacy Project Helps Bridge Gap
Eight Questions for an Oregon Dairy Mom
Oregon Celebrates School Wellness Awards
Adopt a Farmer Program Includes Oregon Dairies
Milk Builds Strong Schools in Oregon
Is DASH the Best Diet … Ever?
Improving School Meals for Oregon Students
Two Great Ways You Can Enjoy the Milk Carton Boat Race
Starting the Day out Right with School Breakfast
Farming with Innovation and Heart Earns National Award for Rickreall Dairy
Brews to Moos: Cows Savor Brewery Byproduct
For This Nurse, Dairy Farming Provides the Perfect Antidote
Grant Helps Hermiston School Connect Technology, Nutrition
Dairy Princess Ambassador Goes International
Milk Celebrated as Official Beverage of Oregon, OSAA
Oregon Schools Invited to Apply for School Wellness Awards
Stacy Foster Selected to Manage Oregon Dairy Industry Relations
Oregon’s Newest Creamery Invites You to the Farm
Advancing Health, Wellness and Education in Rogue Valley
New Adopt a Farmer Video Features Oregon Dairy
Ten Oregon Dairy Farms to Follow on Facebook
Recent articles have also covered the DASH Diet, solar panels and milk as Oregon’s official state beverage. Stay tuned, because we have more interesting and exciting stories coming your way in 2018. If you have a burning question or a topic you’d like to see us cover, just let us know.
Amidst the excitement of heading into 2018, we’re reflecting on a memorable year that marked the anniversary of milk’s selection as Oregon’s Official State Beverage. We called it the “Year of Milk,” and it was a celebration 20 years in the making.
It all started back in 1997, when Bruce Cardin’s sixth grade students at East Elementary School in Tillamook felt strongly that milk should be Oregon’s state beverage. They traveled to Salem twice to testify in support of the designation, and Senate Joint Resolution 8 became official in April 1997.
Fast forward to 2017, and some of those same students returned to Salem for Dairy Day at the Capitol in March for a reunion with Mr. Cardin and some of the legislators who helped pass the resolution. Governor Kate Brown signed a proclamation designating April 2017 as Oregon Milk Month, which served as the beginning of a series of events and observances celebrating milk and Oregon’s dairy farmers, dairy food processors and dairy cows.
Through Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom’s Literacy Project about milk and presentations by Dairy Princess Ambassadors at Oregon AgFest, students learned more about milk and its role in their diet. Milk was also celebrated at events including the Milk Carton Boat Race, the Tillamook Dairy Festival and Parade, the Oregon State Fair and Oregon’s Bounty. Observances included June Dairy Month, National Ice Cream Month and Hunger Action Month for the Great American Milk Drive.
While the Year of Milk has come to an end, we look forward to two additional landmark anniversaries in 2018. It will be the 100th anniversary of the Oregon Dairy Council and the 75th anniversary of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission. So there will be plenty more reasons to raise a toast with a cold glass of milk in the year ahead.
And now a special message from the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Alexis Taylor …