Guest Column from Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke
Celebrating Wisconsin’s Agriculture Industry with June Dairy Month
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While our love for football, beer, and the great outdoors is known across the country, our dedication to all things dairy is without question Wisconsin’s biggest claim to fame. Our dairy history has afforded our state to produce excellent family farmers and dairy products while also cementing cheese and other dairy products as a fixed icon of Wisconsin culture.

Since 1937, Wisconsin has celebrated June Dairy Month as an homage to the important impact the dairy industry has on our economy and culture. Whether you’re a curd lover or a cow connoisseur, this year’s dairy days of summer will offer fun family events that celebrate Wisconsin’s most loved industry. Wisconsin’s farm breakfasts are one of June Dairy Month’s oldest (and most delicious) traditions, where breakfasters can meet dairy farmers, explore the barns and farms, and enjoy a homemade, locally sourced breakfast. The Outagamie Breakfast on the Farm will be held June 11 from 8am-12pm at Voight Acres. I hope to see you there. other nearby events, like the Brown County’s June 18 Breakfast on the Farm, visit the Dairy Days of Summer website.

While we celebrate dairy for the month of June, we all probably know someone who lives or works on a farm year-round. It is my honor to represent local farmers in Northeast Wisconsin and join in the celebrations that highlight their livelihood. If you can’t get enough of dairy activities, we are fortunate to have an ag leader like Milk Source, LLC rooted right here in Freedom that offers free public tours of their dairies.

Family-run farms have built a foundation for the dairy industry’s economic success in Wisconsin. Dairy production is a big contributor to our agriculture industry, contributing $43.4 billion every year to our state’s economy. With 90% of our milk dedicated to cheese production, it’s no wonder that now, thanks to the dedication of a 4th grade class from Mineral Point, cheese has been made the official state dairy product of Wisconsin.

Whether you’re celebrating June Dairy Month at a Dairy Breakfast or simply enjoying a cool glass of milk with dinner, be sure to remember our farmers and farms that continue to grow Wisconsin’s agriculture industry while adding to the charm of Wisconsin culture.

 

Representative Jim Steineke represents the 5th Assembly District and is currently serving his second term as the Republican majority leader of the state Assembly.