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Milk was adopted as the official State drink in 1984. Rep. Rick Krueger, chief sponsor of the bill, said that milk was chosen for several reasons; it has promotional value for the American Dairy Association, it would help tourism efforts, show the dairy industry the state cares about it, and bring about a general awareness of dairy products in the state. It was signed into law by Governor Rudy Perpich.
Minnesota produces 9.7 billion pounds of milk a year (6 percent of the nation's total) and ranks fifth in dairy production among the states.
Did you know that: Milk has been proclaimed the official state beverage or drink in each of the following states:
Arkansas | Delaware |
Louisiana | Minnesota | Mississippi
New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Oregon | Oklahoma | Pennsylvania | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Vermont | Virginia | Wisconsin
Milk is a white liquid produced
by the mammary glands of mammals. It is the primary source of nutrition for young mammals before they are able to digest other types of food. Early-lactation
milk contains colostrum, which carries the mother's antibodies to the baby and can reduce the risk of many diseases in the baby. It also contains many
Ever wonder where delicious milk comes from? It all starts with healthy, well-fed cows that live on farms all around America the beautiful.
Can You Say, "I'm Full?"
Cows are BIG eaters. Did you know that cows have four stomachs and eat 90 pounds of food a day? That's probably more than you weigh! A cow that chows on only grass can make 50 glasses of milk a day. But one that eats grass, corn and hay can make 100 glasses of milk a day!
See Moo Milk
Milk has a long and rich history. For example, did you know?
The law designating milk as the official Minnesota state drink is found in the Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 1, Section 1.1495
MINNESOTA STATE DRINK: Milk; adopted 1984.
Statutory citation: Minn. Stat. 1.1495
1984 Minn. Laws Chap. 645 Sec. 1 (HF1532)
Minnesota Statutes 2002
1.1495 State drink.
Milk is adopted as the official drink of the state of Minnesota.
HIST: 1984 c 645 s 1
Copyright 2002 by the Office of Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota.