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Milk was designated the official state beverage of North Carolina in 1987. Seventeen other states (including bordering states of South Carolina and Virginia) recognize milk as a state symbol. North Carolina ranks 31st among dairy producing states in the nation (2006 milk production totaled approximately $139 million).
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
North Carolina ranks 20th among dairy producing
states in the nation with nearly 1,000 dairy farmers producing 179 million gallons of milk per year. The annual income from this production
amounts to around $228 million. North Carolinians consume over 143 million gallons of milk every year.
The General Assembly of 1987 adopted milk as the official State Beverage. (Session Laws, 1987, c. 347).
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?
The law designating milk as the official North Carolina state beverage is found in the North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 145 Section 145-10.1.
Chapter 145: State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions.
§ 145-10.1. State beverage.
Milk is hereby adopted as the official State beverage of the State of North Carolina. (1987, c. 347.)