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Celebrating Washington Cheesemakers

Cheese is becoming quite the industry in Washington state, with the first annual Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival held in April followed by the Seattle Cheese Festival at Pike Place Market in May. The festivals were held to celebrate Washington’s delicious and diverse cheeses  and to promote the farmers, cheese makers, retailers and chefs who bring them to our tables.

Milk: It's More Nutritious Than You think

Most people know that milk is a nutritious component to one’s diet, possessing 9 essential nutrients for a healthy body including 3 nutrients that are generally under-consumed by most Americans:  calcium, Vitamin D and potassium.  Each glass of milk is packed with a large amount of nutrients but relatively few calories, making it one of the best nutritional choices around for a healthy and balanced diet.  To sweeten the deal, milk is one of the best values for your dollar – offering more nutrition per dollar than almost any other beverage.

Celebrating June Dairy Month!

June is National Dairy Month! It’s a chance to celebrate and promote all things dairy while also taking an in-depth look at the industry itself from dairy farmers, to producers, to consumers and everything in between. This month we’ll be taking a look at the nutritional benefits of milk (both flavored and plain), sustainable practices used within the industry, the methods by which dairy farmers take elaborate care of their cows, and finally, how the industry itself is constantly innovating to stay current with the times.

Washington Among Nation’s “Best of Class” in Dairy Sustainability

In a March 7, 2012, ceremony in Washington, D.C., the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy announced the winners of the inaugural U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards – a program to recognize dairy farms, dairy food companies and collaborative partnerships including dairy organizations for efforts that advance the sustainability of America’s dairy industry.

Two Washington-based dairy entities were among the six awards and one honorable mention bestowed by the Innovation Center.

Help Northwest Harvest Address the Increasing Demand for Nutritious Food for Hungry Families, Children and Seniors Across Washington.

You can text ENDHUNGER to 80888 to donate $10 now or log on to www.northwestharvest.org and click on “DONATE” to find a public drop site or a food bank program in your community that would thankfully receive your donation of non-perishable food or cash.

Giving Food Thanks

Later this month, many of us will be sitting down with our families to give thanks for the good in our lives. While most are thankful for the food that sits before them, on Thanksgiving and every other day, many don’t think twice about where their food originated.

This month, we urge you to express your gratitude to those who prepare food. It too often goes unnoticed.

How does one do this, might you ask? Supported by the Ag Chat Foundation, we encourage you to use social media to show your thanks. Here’s how:

Seattle Seahawks Help Tackle Kid’s Nutrition

The Seattle Seahawks have been a long-time partner of the Washington State Dairy Council. Promoting healthy eating among kids has always been a priority for us, and the Seattle Seahawks have been instrumental in this effort.

Educating children on nutrition and piquing their interest in physical activity is an ongoing challenge. Kids are regularly faced with the temptations of video games, television and junk food. And while these things aren’t always bad, moderation is the key to a healthy lifestyle. This goes for adults, too!

The Scoop on America's Favorite Dessert

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. July marks National Ice Cream Month and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the beginning of summer. Eat it in a cone, in a bowl or straight out of the container – ice cream is beloved by more than just sticky fingered kids. It’s so popular, in fact, that the U.S. ice cream industry sells more than a billion gallons of the stuff every year. That’s no typo!

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