Indiana: 30 Dairies in 30 Days
June is National Dairy Month, and the American Dairy Association-Indiana is celebrating with a social media campaign called "30 Dairies in 30 Days." The campaign allow consumers to meet their local dairy farmers.
Follow @INDairy on Twitter, Indiana Dairy on Facebook, INDairy on Instagram, or click here to see the featured farms. ADAI is also hosting a "Just Say Cheese" blogger event to help show influential bloggers the value of cheese for entertaining.
Michigan dairy industry ready to celebrate National Dairy Month
June Dairy Month is a time to honor the dairy industry and indulge in all those delicious, wholesome dairy products, many of which are made right here in Michigan.
There are around 2,000 dairy farms that house about 375,000 dairy cows in Michigan, most of which are family-owned farms. In the United States, Michigan ranks seventh in milk production in 2013, up one space from eighth in 2012. The dairy industry contributes $14.7 billion to the state’s economy through farming, processing, and retailing. Dairy is the number one agricultural product in Michigan and generates almost 40,000 jobs though out the state. Not only are humans hard at work in the dairy industry, but so are the cows. Each Michigan cow, on average, produces over 23,000 pounds of milk per year, which is equal to more than eight gallons of milk every day.
Dairy farms are all over Michigan, but have you ever had the chance to visit one of these amazing agricultural adventures? If not, Michigan State University Extension invites you to attend Breakfast on the Farm this summer. This year, Breakfast on the Farm programs will be hosted by two dairy farms: Crandall Dairy Farms LLC in Calhoun County on July 19 and De Grins Oer Dairy Farm in Mecosta County on Aug. 16. The breakfasts are free and open to everyone, but be sure to reserve your tickets ahead of time to make sure there are enough pancakes! Tickets are available four weeks prior to the programs and ticket location sites will be listed on the website at www.breakfastonthefarm.com.
MIchigan: Livestock siting, expansion rules changed
The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development recently made significant changes to rules for site selection and expansion of livestock facilities. Changes differentiate between areas considered primarily residential and not suitable for livestock facilities and those sites where the placement and keeping of farm animals is considered an acceptable land use.