Whether you’re a reporter or just curious about what’s happening in the world of dairy in Oregon, welcome! Here you’ll find information, details and resources about our news and events. Not finding what you’re looking for? Just contact Josh Thomas, Senior Director of Communications, at, 971-673-2730 or 503-317-5007.

Future Forward: Building Trust and Sales for Oregon Dairy
ANNUAL REPORT | February 28, 2019

Crowdsourced Oregon Ice Cream Trail Features Top Shops
NEWS RELEASE | September 4, 2019
How do you create a new food trail that showcases the top ice cream shops across an entire state? Simple. Ask the experts! And that’s just what the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council did when it crowdsourced the new Oregon Ice Cream Trail.


Ice-Cream-Trail_VerticleHelp Build the New Oregon Ice Cream Trail
NEWS RELEASE | June 21, 2019
The new Oregon Ice Cream Trail includes 10 quintessential destinations for acquiring frozen happiness (aka ice cream) by the cone or cup. Knowing everybody has their own favorite shops, brands and flavors, the trail is being crowdsourced to include additional stops.


Splish Splash If You Don’t Do the Math: The 2019 Milk Carton Boat Race
NEWS RELEASE | June 7, 2019
Will it float? That question gets an immediate answer at the Milk Carton Boat Race when kids, adults and entire teams of people climb onto handmade boats whose buoyancy depends upon recycled milk jugs and cartons. Surprisingly, most of them not only float but prove to be stable and swift.



banner yearPortland School Walks the Walk for Wellness
NEWS RELEASE | April 3, 2019
Combined with the school’s physical education program, nutritious cooking classes for students and a community garden, you can start to see some of the many reasons why it was one of the two schools in Oregon to earn a 2019 School Wellness Award.


Girl Scouts, Tillamook County Creamery Association and Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council Debut New Dairy Education Program
NEWS RELEASE | October 18, 2018
Oregon Dairy Patch Program Educates about STEM Concepts, Farms and Food Production; 200 Girl Scouts Will Gather at Tillamook Creamery for Program Launch on October 20


“Scoop It Forward” Promotes Random Acts of Ice Cream
NEWS RELEASE | July 15, 2018
Today is National Ice Cream Day, which also kicks off a celebration of appreciation called “Scoop It Forward.” Supported by Oregon’s dairy farmers and processors, the weeklong campaign, from July 15 to 22, encourages people to show appreciation for one another through random acts of ice cream.


Tillamook County Creamery Association Wins National Community Impact Award
NEWS RELEASE | May 17,2018
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, announced that the Tillamook County Creamery Association is the winner of the 2018 Community Impact Award. The award was presented during the seventh annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards ceremony on May 16, at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., outside of Chicago.


Dairy Farms, Businesses Recognized For Sustainable Farm-to-Table Practices
NEWS RELEASE | May 14,2018
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, announced its seventh annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award winners during a May 16 ceremony at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill., outside of Chicago.


New School Meals on the Menu for Oregon Students
NEWS RELEASE | April 4, 2018
The words “school cafeteria food” are taking on new meaning as Chef Garrett Berdan is training a growing number of child nutrition program professionals to prepare delicious and nutritious food for Oregon students.


Portland’s Milk Carton Boat Race Returns June 24
NEWS RELEASE | February 28, 2018
A unique Portland tradition dating back to 1973, the Royal Rosarians Milk Carton Boat Race will welcome boaters back to the historic Westmoreland Park Casting Pond on Sunday, June 24, 2018. The Rose Festival event will be produced by the Royal Rosarians and presented by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council.


Stephanie Breazile Crowned 59th Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador
NEWS RELEASE | January 28, 2018
Stephanie Breazile representing Linn and Benton Counties, was crowned the 2018 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador. She was among five county contestants vying for the 2018 title. Breazile is looking forward to a busy year informing and educating the public about the dairy industry.


Stacy Foster Selected to Manage Oregon Dairy Industry Relations
NEWS RELEASE | October 31, 2017
With more than a decade of experience leading farm tours for thousands of students, teachers and parents at a nationally recognized Oregon dairy, Stacy Foster knows a thing or two about dairy farming. [more]


Summit Aims to Advance Rogue Valley Health, Wellness, Education
NEWS RELEASE | October 24, 2017
Improving student performance and advancing a culture of health and wellness will be the emphasis for a first-of-its kind summit for the Rogue Valley. [more]


Milk celebrated as official beverage of Oregon, OSAA
NEWS RELEASE | September 27, 2017
Today, the Oregon School Activities Association recognized Oregon’s dairy farm families for their ongoing support of the state’s schools, coaches and athletes. An open thank you note to dairy farmers was posted on the OSAA’s social media accounts, recognizing the 20th anniversary of milk as Oregon’s state beverage. [more]


Oregon Dairy Farm Receives National Sustainability Award
NEWS RELEASE | June 29, 2017
Rickreall Dairy Lauded for Farming with Innovation and Heart
Rickreall Dairy is the first Oregon farm to receive the national Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability Award. It was one of only three selected nationwide, and the only one west of the Mississippi River. [more]


Dairy Farms and Businesses are Advancing Sustainable Practices, from Farm to Table
NEWS RELEASE | June 29, 2017
Winners announced for sixth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards, progress report released
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy announced its sixth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards in a June 28 Chicago ceremony. The program recognizes dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose practices improve the well-being of people, animals and the planet. [more]


Martin Luther King K-8 Receives Second Learning Lab in Oregon
NEWS RELEASE | April 3, 2017
The second iPad Learning Lab donation to an Oregon public school is being presented to Martin Luther King K-8 at a special assembly on Monday, April 3rd, at 2:15pm. The donation was made possible through Jacksons Food Stores’ “Milk Builds Strong Schools” campaign


Tillamook County Creamery Association gives $1.5 million for new research facility at OSU
NEWS RELEASE | January 25, 2017
The Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) has announced a gift of $1.5 million to support construction of a new Food and Beverage Facility at Oregon State University. The planned facility will include space for innovative research, testing and teaching …


erin-hirte_300pxErin Hirte Brings Experience, Expertise to School Programs
NEWS RELEASE | October 27, 2016
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with experience in school foodservice management and child nutrition programs, Erin Hirte is hitting the ground running as the new Manager of School Programs for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. [more]


culinary-training_hermiston_2016_100x100Cooking Up New and Nutritious Recipes for Local School Kids
NEWS RELEASE | September 21, 2016
“What’s for lunch?” It’s a common refrain in school cafeterias in Hermiston and across the state, and some tasty plans are in the works to provide exciting new and nutritious menu items. [more]


Student Lily Sweet Representing Oregon at National SummitStudent Lily Sweet Representing Oregon at National Summit
NEWS RELEASE | July 22, 2016
Early on Sunday morning, sixth-grader Lily Sweet leaves Portland for Purdue University in Indiana, where she will represent Oregon at the national Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambassador Summit. As Oregon’s 2016-2017 Fuel Up to Play 60 State Ambassador, she will attend with [more]


FUTP60_PASummit2016_P137Summit Connects Agriculture, Healthy Eating and Learning
NEWS RELEASE | June 24, 2016
It’s a bird, it’s a plane! No, it’s a teacher flying through the air on a zip line. The Northwest Regional Fuel Up to Play 60 Summit is going to new heights on Monday, June 27, at Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure Park. On the first day of a two day summit, a unique mix of educational and [more]


houck-middle-schoolLiteracy Night at Houck Middle School Features Former NFL Player
MEDIA ADVISORY | May 25, 2016
At Houck Middle School in Salem, Anthony Newman will talk with students about the importance of perseverance, accountability, courtesy and kinship tomorrow during a special Literacy Night presentation. Inspired and led by youth, Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and [more]


milk-carton-boat-race-200pxPortland’s Milk Carton Boat Race Returns
NEWS RELEASE | May 17, 2016
A unique Portland tradition dating back to 1973, the Milk Carton Boat Race will welcome boaters back to the historic Westmoreland Park Casting Pond on Sunday, June 26. The Rose Festival sanctioned event will be produced by the Royal Rosarians and sponsored by the [more]


futp60-ontario-high-assemblyPro Quarterback Promoting Youth Wellness in Ontario
MEDIA ADVISORY | April 11, 2016
He’s a quarterback for the San Diego Chargers and a homegrown success story that goes back to setting records at Burns High School and playing for the University of Oregon. You’re invited to welcome Kellen Clemens back to his eastern Oregon roots for a special [more]


odnc-logo-websiteOregon Dairy Products Commission Unveils New Name, Logo
NEWS RELEASE | January 5, 2016
Along with the start of the new year, the Oregon Dairy Products Commission has unveiled a new name and logo, which will help the organization better position its key commitments to schools, child and community health and wellness, industry relations and consumer communications. [more]