To start the annual celebration of Dairy Month, Governor Janet Mills, Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Amanda Beal, and dairy farmers and food producers from across Maine raised their glasses for a milk toast at the Blaine House in Augusta on June 1.
The event acknowledged the vital contributions of dairy farmers to Maine’s economy and agricultural landscape and spotlighted Real Maine dairy products from throughout the state.
“Dairy farms are a cornerstone of Maine’s agricultural industry, of our rural communities, and of our economy as a whole,” said Governor Mills in her remarks. “Whether you prefer milk, ice cream, cheese, or yogurt, there’s a delicious Maine dairy product for everyone. I encourage all Maine people to join me in celebrating the contributions of Maine’s dairy industry during Dairy Month and throughout the year.”
Governor Mills encouraged Mainers, especially those with children and grandchildren, to visit one of the state’s dairy farms. Governor Mills issued a proclamation declaring June as Maine Dairy Month. Maine Open Farm Day on July 23, 2023 provides an excellent opportunity to visit all types of Maine farms, including dairy farms.
Since 1939, June has been designated as Dairy Month in the United States.
“Today, we express our heartfelt appreciation for the efforts and valuable contributions of Maine’s dairy industry,” said Commissioner Beal. “The dairy industry is a source of pride and strength, sustaining livelihoods and driving growth in related sectors.”
Maine is home to more than 200 farms that care for herds of dairy cows, goats, sheep, and even water buffalo. Our state boasts award-winning cheeses, yogurt, ice cream, and butter. Maine also benefits from dairy processors that bottle and sell milk year-round at retail locations statewide. In addition to agricultural products, farms provide numerous public benefits, such as scenic open spaces that enrich local communities.
Maine dairy farmers and creameries are estimated to provide 4,733 direct and 10,201 indirect jobs and generate $904 million in direct economic impact and $1 billion in indirect economic impact.
Real Maine invites you to celebrate Maine Dairy Month in June. From a glass of fresh local milk to any number of products made with Maine milk and cream, there is a wealth of ways to enjoy and discover Maine dairy year-round. Real Maine is the state’s official agriculture and agritourism promotions program. From flowers to berries to ice cream sundaes, plan your Real Maine summer agricultural experience. Visit www.realmaine.com to connect to farms, food, and agriculture throughout Maine.