Our reigning princess is Rachael Rott from Anamoose. She will be passing her crown during the 66th annual coronation held June 23 in Bismarck.
Other examples of dairy promotion in your area include Fuel Up to Play 60 in grades K-12. Or, in this era of social media, check out the Dairy Makes Sense blog, the many contributions to Twitter and Facebook, and the milk mustache billboards. And who isn't familiar with the most copied ad ever: "got milk?"
One of the greatest challenges of the next generation will be providing nutritious, affordable food to a global population expected to grow to 9 billion by 2050. Dairy is part of the solution. Not only are dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, nutrient-rich, they also are being produced using fewer resources, and are helping foster healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet. And at about 25 cents per glass, milk provides one of the richest sources of well-absorbed calcium in the American diet.
The health of the dairy farmers' checkbook is not as encouraging. The end of May marked five straight month of declining income and high feed costs. Because feed represents 50 to 60 percent of the cost to produce milk, this not good news for dairy farmers. While most of us just see the cost at the retail shelf and assume profit, the dairy producers have nowhere to pass on their costs. So when you see that dairy farm family member, thank him or her for his or her spirit and contribution to our health.
Here are some dairy facts:
* 98 percent of all North Dakota dairy farms are family owned.
* Dairy is the fourth largest agricultural business in North Dakota, generating $49 million a year.
* North Dakota dairy farms produce more than 44.7 million gallons of milk annually.
* Typically, milk takes two days to get from the farm to the grocery store.
* The dairy industry reduced its carbon footprint by 60 percent between 1944 and 2007.
* The U.S. dairy industry contributes only 2 percent of the total greenhouse emissions and has made a major effort to be even greener in the future.
Here's a cold glass of milk in a salute to the makers of the most nutritious food in the world: dairy products.