What better way to celebrate National Dairy Month than to look back at the history of Washington dairy? 174 years later, dairy farming has become Washington's second largest agricultural industry and the tenth largest in the nation!
Already-wavering dairy farm numbers are being challenged by a falling number of children intending to continue the family dairy tradition. However, a bright spot appears each year with springtime graduation from schools like Washington State University. Read on to learn more about the new generation of dairy farmers that intend to carry on the tradition and sustain one of Washington's most important agricultural industries.
It seems as though winter is finally over and spring has arrived to Washington State. There is a lot to do as we transition to springtime, but nonetheless it is an exciting season for all Washington dairy farmers.
New initiatives from Pepsi and ongoing programs from America's dairy farmers are working together to win the fight against childhood obesity.
Because Washington’s dairy farms use water for livestock, crops and other on-the-farm needs, they accept a special responsibility to protect all water resources. Though there are challenges in minimizing agriculture's impact on the environment, dairy farmers utilize extensive planning, best management practices and emerging technologies to both limit their use of water and ensure that surface and ground waters are protected for years to come.
Are you finding it hard to keep your New Year's resolution to eat more healthfully? If so, you'll find that dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt are some of the best ways to get your health (and resolution!) back on track.
There are many innovations to be found on Washington's dairy farms. Reducing carbon through effective management practices and ground-breaking new techniques helps improve the environment and leave a better world for future generations.