June is dairy month! Dairy in Iowa is very diversified. About 4.3 billion pounds of milk are produced each year. Cheese production in Iow is ranked 7th in the nation and the production of American cheese and cottage cheese is ranked 6th. While Iowa ranked 4th in ice cream production. You must also remember that Iowa has 208 dairy goat farms along with the 1910 dairy cow farms that contribute greatly to the dairy industry. All dairy foods are a good source of nine essential nutrients; calcium, potassium, phosphorus, high quality protein, vitamins A&D and B12, riboflavin and niacin. Experts agree that dairy foods deserve a secial place in diet of people, especially children.
School nutrition programs are extremely important to the overall health of children. Fluid milk is a required component of every breakfast and lunch program. The inclusion of dairy in the school nutrition program gives students the opportunity to reach a goal of three dairy choices a day.
Everyday, you are concerned with your family's health. Dairy products are packed with value and nutrition. Compare the cost per nutrient of dairy products to other food and beverages; you'll see the value they provide. By providing dairy for your family you are supporting your local economy and your local community.
Julia Babinet, 479-2753