National Dairy Month
Over the past month, dairy farmers and consumers throughout Pennsylvania have been celebrating National Dairy Month. June highlights the importance of dairy farmers and the role they play in our community. Whether enjoying cheese and crackers with your friends during a cookout or taking your family for ice cream on a hot afternoon, we have all experienced the wonderful dairy products that our local dairy farmers produce every day.
The dairy industry is central to our state’s agricultural economy, contributing more than 1.5 billion dollars each year and generating 40,000 jobs. Research estimates that roughly 85% of the dairy farmer’s total income is spent locally, which makes dairy farms a significant contributor to the local economy.
I recognize that in these tough economic times, many Pennsylvanians are concerned about the state of the dairy industry. I will continue to support dairy farmers and their businesses in the next Farm Bill, which is currently under consideration in Congress.