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.
There are 228 family dairy farms in Oregon, and no two are exactly alike. Regardless of the farm size, location and history, there are certain values and standards that every Oregon dairy farmer has in common:
- Dairy farmers’ commitment to providing high quality milk begins with taking good care of their cows. On farms of all sizes, farmers care for their cows by providing a nutritious diet, good medical care and healthy living conditions. Animal comfort is key to a farmer’s livelihood.
- Environmental stewardship is important to all farmers, no matter how many cows they milk. Farmers care for their land and their natural resources. They usually live on the land where they farm.
- It’s important to dairy farmers that they be good neighbors and members of the community.
- Farmers and the industry are innovating and working toward a sustainable future. They are increasingly working smarter with automation, methane digesters, recycling, precision agriculture and solar panels to increase efficiency and reduce impacts.
- Food safety starts at the farm. Milk is one of the most tested and regulated food products, and farmers employ rigorous standards, practices and procedures to ensure that it is kept pure, cold and safe.
- Dairy farmers take great pride in their work, and they want the next generation to work on the same land so they can continue providing the nutritious food that we enjoy and depend on. It is their legacy.
There’s a common misperception that larger farms are somehow not as good for the animals or environment. However, the large scale farms allow optimal use of scarce resources such as water, energy and land. Large farms also face the same kinds of regulations and oversight as smaller farms. If you have questions about dairy farming, use our contact form and let us know.