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On Sept. 10, 1998, Gov. Ben Nelson declared milk to be the official state beverage. The dairy industry is an important part of Nebraska's agricultural economy.
Overall, milk and dairy products are an important part of Nebraska's economy. But even more important than the economic value of milk and the dairy industry is the nutritional value of milk and dairy products to our citizens - especially children. According to the Nebraska Dairy Council, milk is important for every age group, whether you are 2 or 82 as it helps in the growth, development and maintenance of bone health.
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 other nutrients.
More than 97 million pounds of milk is produced each month in this state. Nebraska's annual milk value alone accounts for more than $168 million in monetary value. That figure does not even include the value of cheese, yogurt or other dairy products produced in our state. It also does not include the value of the jobs and businesses associated with the dairy industry across Nebraska including grocery stores, restaurants and 13 plants that process fluid milk, cheese, butter and ice cream.
Where milk comes from and how it's made.
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!
Milk has a long and rich history. For example, did you know?
On Sept. 10, 1998, Gov. Ben Nelson declared milk to be the official state beverage.
CHAPTER 90 - Special Acts.
Governor; designate official state items.
The Governor may designate official state items, including animals, plants, minerals, and other things.
Legislative approval of any such designation is not required. Any designation made on or prior to September 13, 1997, is not affected by this section.
Laws 1997, LB 106, § 1.