Missouri is home to 340 Grade A dairy farms where people work tirelessly to produce high quality dairy product for the state and beyond. The state’s dairy industry is valued at nearly $242 million and provides more than $2.1 billion in value-added contribution to the state.

Jessica Kassel is a nutrition educator and a registered dietitian for the St. Louis Dairy Council. She said that 2024 marks the 100th anniversary of the Standard Milk Ordinance.

“That’s now known as the Grade A Pasteurized Milk Ordinance,” she explained. “This ordinance has set the standard for processing and packaging of Grade A milk and milk products that we all buy in the grocery store. That pasteurization of milk has created a century of safety.”

Because of the ordinance, Kassel said dairy is one of the safest foods that consumers can enjoy in the United States.

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe has proclaimed June to be National Dairy Month in Missouri. According to Kassel, Missouri is a perfect state to celebrate Dairy Month considering the state’s rich agricultural history.

“Dairy delivers a tremendous nutrient package that fuels our bodies and supports our wellbeing,” she said. “We wouldn’t have any of this without the dairy farmers who work hard every single day.”

So how can you celebrate?

“It’s a great time to expand what you normally buy at the grocery store when it comes to dairy,” she said. “Take a look at the yogurt aisle, for example. There are so many different varieties of yogurt these days, and flavors, and different levels of milkfat as well, too.”

Kehoe presented the proclamation on behalf of Gov. Mike Parson at Central Dairy in Jefferson City. Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and members of the Missouri dairy industry joined the Lieutenant Governor for the proclamation.

To learn more about the dairy industry in Missouri, click here.

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