01 DairyProcGov. Steve Beshear proclaims June 2014 Dairy Month in Kentucky. Agricultural leaders in attendance (lr) Roger Thomas, Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy , Maury Cox, Kentucky Dairy Development Council, Bill McCloskey, GOAP; Kristen Branscum, Kentucky Department of Agriculture ; Richard Sparrow, KDDC; Eunice Schlappi, KDA; Denise Jones, Southeast United Dairy Industry Association; Jeff Deener, SUDIA; and Jeff Tapp, Winchester Farms Dairy. (Photo courtesy Kentucky Office of Creative Services)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (6/7/14) — Governor Steve Beshear recognized the official beverage of Kentucky by proclaiming June 2014 Dairy Month in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Gov. Beshear signed a proclamation recognizing the importance of Kentucky’s dairy industry to the Commonwealth.

“I urge all Kentuckians to support Kentucky’s dairy industry, and to salute Kentucky’s dairy farmers and processors for their contributions to Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “The Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund has helped the regrowth of Kentucky’s dairy industry with more than $13 million in grants and loans related to the dairy industry.”

Dairy farming is a family tradition, one that has been a way of life for many generations. Kentucky dairy farmers and processors are proud to provide consumers and their families with safe, wholesome dairy foods. They take pride in producing a nutritious product for their neighbors and communities.

More than 125 million gallons of milk are produced on Kentucky farms. In 2013, cash receipts from the sale of milk were nearly $226 million, making a vital contribution to the economy of Kentucky. Kentucky also boasts several dairy processing facilities that produce a variety of dairy products, including gourmet cheeses, yogurts, cottage cheese, bottled milk, salad dressings and ice cream.

During June, the Kentucky Dairy Development Council, Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, the Dairy Processors Association of Kentucky and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will celebrate dairy month with special events across the state.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Dairy Packs Power!” Dairy foods offer nine essential nutrients including calcium, vitamin D, protein and potassium, which play key roles in building strong bones and teeth. Milk, cheese and yogurt “pack power” with protein and are a healthy part of a balanced, nutritious diet.

Take time to celebrate June Dairy Month by enjoying the many dairy products available locally, including an ice cold glass of milk – the official beverage of Kentucky.

For more information about the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, visit www.southeastdairy.org or visit www.junedairymonth.org for ways to celebrate the occasion. For more information on Kentucky’s dairy industry contact the Kentucky Dairy Development Council at (859) 516-1129 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit www.kyproud.com to find Kentucky dairy products near you.

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