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June is Dairy Month

Source: Sarah Eggert, Meeker County Extension Intern & Karen Johnson, Extension Educator – McLeod & Meeker Counties

When you think of June, what comes to mind? Sunny weather, time with family and friends, lake days? That’s the first thought that many people have. However, for me, I think of June Dairy Month.

June Dairy Month was started exactly 80 years ago, and was created as a way to recognize and celebrate the dairy products we all know and love, and the hard work and dedication of dairy farmers that create these products. It’s important to recognize dairy farm families and honor their nutrient-rich, fresh products that they provide us with daily. Throughout June Dairy Month, everyone is encouraged to recognize the positive impact that dairy has on our everyday lives.

According to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, dairy is a vital part of our everyday lives. In fact, everyone ages nine and up is encouraged to have three servings of dairy every day. It is recommended that you stick with low-fat or fat-free dairy products to ensure a healthier diet. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt provide consumers with nine essential nutrients, such as calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein. Consuming these products three times daily creates a healthier well-being for you as an individual, but also improves bone health.

With 7,400 dairy farmers in the Midwest, it’s important to understand the role that dairy farmers play in our daily diets. Take the time this June Dairy Month to thank a local dairy farmer, or making consuming three products of dairy daily a priority in your diet. The health benefits alone are a simple reason that you can start celebrating June Dairy Month, all year long.

For more information regarding healthy lifestyles, visit the Live Healthy, Live Well tab on the Extension website at


Karen Johnson
Extension Educator, Ag Production Systems
(320) 484-4303
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