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Celebrate 20 Years of Milk

milk_oregon_state_beverageYEAR OF MILK: CELEBRATE OREGON’S OFFICIAL STATE BEVERAGE

March 28 to October 7, 2017

You’re invited to join a celebration 20 years in the making – it’s the anniversary of milk becoming Oregon’s Official State Beverage.

It all started as a class project for Bruce Cardin’s sixth grade class in Tillamook. His students felt strongly that milk should be Oregon’s state beverage. They traveled to Salem and testified in support of the designation, and Senate Joint Resolution 8 became official in April 1997.

In commemoration of this anniversary, Governor Kate Brown designated April 2017 as Oregon Milk Month. It headlines our “Year of Milk” series of events and observances that will continue through October 7:

We’ll also have a series of farm tours, school assemblies, stories, special events with Dairy Princess Ambassadors, and so much more. Let us know if you’ll have any celebrations of your own at info@odncouncil.org!

On behalf of Oregon’s 228 dairy farm families, 29 dairy food processors and 126,000 cows, thank you for your support of Oregon’s locally-produced, high quality, delicious and nutritious milk and dairy foods.


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DAIRY IN OREGON

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Dairy in Oregon: Building upon a Proud Oregon Tradition

Dairy farming in Oregon dates back to the 1840s. Fast forward 176 years, and today Oregon’s dairy industry includes 228 dairy farm families and 31 processors who provide more than $1 billion in economic impacts annually.

Oregon’s 126,000 cows produce roughly 2.6 billion pounds – more than 302 million gallons – of milk annually. Milk is the official beverage of the State of Oregon.

The state consistently ranks among the best in the nation for milk quality, which supports the production of award winning cheeses, ice cream, yogurt, butter, fluid milk and much more. Approximately 70% of dairy products made in Oregon are consumed outside of the state, including domestic and international markets.

DAIRY’S CONTRIBUTION TO OREGON’S ECONOMY
Milk is Oregon’s fourth most valuable commodity after only cattle, greenhouse and nursery products and hay. In terms of agricultural exports, dairy products are Oregon’s fifth most valuable commodity after seeds, fruits and nuts, wheat and vegetables.