Milk! Oregon’s State Beverage celebrates 25 years

Oregon’s got milk – in a big way! This year marks the 25th anniversary of Oregon choosing milk as its state beverage.

The backstory? In 1997, Bruce Cardin, an elementary teacher from Tillamook, and his 6th grade students lobbied the state capitol to recognize milk as an important beverage in Oregon. Tillamook is home not only to it’s famous name-sake cheese, but also to the hard-working agricultural community that supplies milk to the region.

As told to the Tillamook Headlight Herald:

“Florida had orange juice, Massachusetts had cranberry juice but they noticed Oregon didn’t have anything,” Cardin said.

A thought struck the teacher to take a beverage important to the state of Oregon – and especially Tillamook – and work with his students to create an official state beverage: milk.

With the help of the Oregon Dairy Princesses, the students addressed the Oregon State Legislature and worked with lawmakers to designated milk as the official state beverage of Oregon.

Milk isn’t just good for the state of Oregon, it’s good for you! Milk has 13 essential nutrients that help you to grow and maintain good overall health throughout your life.

Check out all the ways milk helps supply your body with the right mix of nutrients here.

Milk in Oregon is also produced by farmers that care about the environment and their communities. Dairy farmers across the country are committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

Something else we want you to know about milk – it tastes great! That’s why so many people choose milk as their drink of choice. However you drink it, know that you’re supporting farming families across Oregon that care about you and the planet!

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The next time you enjoy milk, remember that you’re drinking to Oregon as well as your own health!

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