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.
As you read this sentence, a delegation of 14 dairy industry and trade representatives from Oregon, Washington, Utah and Arizona are exploring new business opportunities in Southeast Asia. The Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council organized this dairy trade mission to include Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.
The purpose of this mission is to explore new markets and connections for exports of dairy products from Oregon and the other participating states. A full slate of meetings and visits are scheduled with government, retail, factory, trade and logistics contacts, fittingly returning during World Trade Month on May 4.
On a global scale, overall demand for dairy products continues to grow. For example, in the cheese category alone there is a projected 25% volume growth of all global cheese trade by 2021, equivalent to an additional 500,000 metric tons. Most of the projected potential lies with developing countries where growing populations, rising incomes, expansion of the middle class and greater desire for western diets is driving demand.
Dairy is Oregon’s fourth largest agricultural commodity in Oregon by value with a total economic impact of more than a billion dollars. Exports of Oregon dairy products totaled $93,662,000 in 2014. Approximately 80 percent of the dairy products made in Oregon are produced for other domestic or international markets. Previous trade missions have opened doors in South Korea and Japan.
Pete Kent, Executive Director of the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, will be sharing insights from the trade mission on this website and through our social media accounts along the way.
This week, a delegation of 7 executives will be visiting Utah, Idaho, and Oregon on an inbound trade mission to explore opportunities for dairy exports from our region. The delegation will include buyers from six companies—three from Vietnam, two from Singapore, and one from Malaysia – most of which were visited last April by a group of Northwest processors on a trade mission from the Pacific Northwest.
The delegation arrived Sunday September 25, starting in Utah, followed by Idaho visits and then ending in Oregon. They will meet with dairy processors, farmers and export and logistics professionals in all three states to learn more about product availability, quality, safety, milk sources, manufacturing processes and capabilities. This cooperative regional approach is supported by the dairy checkoff organizations in each of the three states.
“This visit represents a continuation of our ongoing efforts to develop dairy export opportunities over three previous trade missions,” said Pete Kent, Executive Director for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. “U.S dairy products are not well known in Southeast Asia, but we’re hoping to change that dynamic to earn a place at the table in one of the fastest growing emerging markets.”
Kent sees great potential in the near future for small and medium sized local businesses making artisan cheese and dairy ingredients. Another trade mission is already in the works that will bring these kinds of Oregon and Pacific Northwest dairy products to Vietnam in April 2017.