JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today [June 23, 2022], on behalf of Missouri dairy farmers and processors throughout the state, Governor Mike Parson proclaimed June to be Dairy Month in Missouri. Governor Parson presented the proclamation at Hiland Dairy in Springfield. Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn, dairy farmers and industry partners joined the Governor for the proclamation.
“The Missouri dairy industry is an important part of Missouri agriculture,” Governor Mike Parson said. “The First Lady was raised on a dairy farm, and the dairy industry remains dear to her heart and mine. Missouri dairy farmers work hard to produce milk that is delicious and nutritious on its own, and equally delicious when it is turned into fan favorites like ice cream and cheese. We are proud to recognize the dairy industry and all of the hard-working producers across our state.”
“My grandparents had dairy cows and I clearly remember their hard work and dedication when helping them in the barn,” Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn said. “Milk from Missouri dairy animals feeds the world through fluid milk and other products. Many operations are multi-generation, which shows the commitment and the dedication our producers have to being good stewards of the land to raise a quality product.”
Hiland Dairy is a regional network of plants and distribution centers, founded in 1938. Hiland Dairy prides itself on fresh products, bring milk and dairy products from farm to store in an average of 48 hours. Milk, ice cream, cheese and butter are just a few of the dairy products found under the Hiland brand.
Missouri is home to 332 Grade A dairy farms and 151 dairy manufacturing locations. The Missouri dairy processing industry provides $2.2 billion in economic value to the state’s economy and creates more than 22,250 jobs.
For more information about the Missouri Department of Agriculture and its programs, visit the Department online at Agriculture.Mo.Gov.
To learn more about the dairy industry in Missouri, visit Modairy.org.
— Missouri Department of Agriculture