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.
Earth Day may be celebrated each year in late April, but for Oregon dairy farmers every day is Earth Day on the farm.
Most dairy farm families live and work where they farm. Each day they walk out their back door to take good care of their animals and land. It’s a responsibility they take seriously, and they’re proud of the work they do to bring nutritious food to our tables in a sustainable way.
Dairy farming has become advanced and innovative in Oregon and across the country. For example, between 1944 and 2007, the dairy industry used 90 percent less land, consumed 63 percent less water and emitted 63 percent less carbon while quadrupling the milk supply. Today, the dairy industry is responsible for less than two percent of greenhouse gas emissions.
The dairy industry is also great at recycling. Almost 20 percent of everything dairy cows eat is an agricultural byproduct inedible by humans. One major byproduct of milking cows – manure – is a valuable resource. Farmers use manure as a natural fertilizer on their crops, and some farms use methane digesters to recycle manure into clean, renewable electricity. Several farms generate solar power, and reusing water many times over is standard practice on today’s dairy farms.
Sustainable diets with low environmental impacts contribute to food and nutrition security and to a healthy life for present and future generations. Dairy provides substantial nutritional value in a single affordable package, has continually reduced its environmental footprint, and has committed to additional improvements industry-wide.
So whether you’re enjoying dairy foods on Earth Day or any day, you can feel good about how they’re made.