(Neb)-Gov Ricketts Proclaims June As Dairy Month
OMAHA - Governor Pete Ricketts has proclaimed June as Dairy Month in Nebraska, highlighting the importance of Nebraska's dairy farmers to agriculture and the state's economy.
Nebraska is a net exporter of milk, sending two million pounds out of state each day, and the number of dairy cows in the state is up 7% since 2014 with dairy farmers expecting more growth in the coming years.
In a proclamation ceremony at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo on Saturday, the governor pointed out that Nebraska is a Top Ten state in both production and revenue per dairy cow, with the state's plentiful feed supplies, abundant water resources, and pro-agriculture policies making it an ideal home for dairies.
Thanks to Nebraska's central location, milk produced in the state can reach almost every corner of the continental United States within two days.
Kris Bousquet of the Nebraska State Dairy Association told the crowd at the zoo that the state is a great place for dairy processors to do business with immediate access to milk and dairy farmers who will be thrilled to be able reduce their transportation costs.
A team of organizations have joined forces to lead the state's Grow Nebraska Dairy initiative. These include the state departments of Agriculture and Economic Development, NPPD, the University of Nebraska, the Dairy Association, and the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska.
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