Salute To Iowa's Dairy, Turkey  Farmers

Salute To Iowa's Dairy, Turkey Farmers

June is Dairy Month. Raise a glass of milk as a salute to Iowa dairy farm families. This is also "turkey lovers" month, in recognition of the state's turkey producers.

Be sure to celebrate June Dairy Month by raising a glass of milk in a salute to Iowa's dairy families. June Dairy Month is the perfect time to recognize the contributions of Iowa's dairy farmers and reflect on the great tasting dairy foods they provide us.

There are approximately 1,790 dairy farms in Iowa that produce milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy foods for consumers around the world. Approximately 98% of all Iowa dairy farms are family-owned. The dairy industry is the fifth largest agricultural business in Iowa generating $575 million a year. The average dairy cow in Iowa will produce 8 gallons of milk per day which translates into 2,901 gallons per year.

Dairy industry is fifth largest agricultural business in Iowa

"Iowa's dairy farmers play a crucial role in our state's economy and work hard to provide a healthy, safe and wholesome milk supply to consumers around the globe," says Brian Waddingham, executive director of the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers. "Dairy Month provides us with an opportunity to recognize them for their hard work in feeding a growing population."

To Iowa's dairy farm families, farming is more than a business, it's a way of life. It's where they live, work and play. Show your support for Iowa's dairy farmers and enjoy an extra-large glass of milk, cup of yogurt, slice of cheese or scoop of ice cream today. For more information about Iowa's dairy industry and all of the delicious products the dairy industry provides, visit www.midwestdairy.com.

June is "Turkey Lover's Month" Too

You've heard that June is Dairy Month, a promotion which has been going on for a long, long time. But did you know June is also Turkey Lovers' Month? It's the perfect opportunity to recognize Iowa's turkey farmers for providing us with the high quality, delicious and versatile turkey products Iowa is known for around the world. June's celebration emphasizes turkey's year round popularity. Last year alone, Americans ate, on average, 18 pounds of turkey each.

Iowa is home to 10 million turkeys. The birds are cared for by 130 farm families around the state who go to great lengths to ensure their product is healthy and high-quality for their families and consumers around the world. Each turkey will eat approximately one bushel of corn and one-third bushel of soybeans in their lifetime. Combined, these turkeys will consume over 10 million bushels of corn and 110,000 tons of soybean meal.

Iowa turkey industry generates significant economic activity, and jobs

"Iowa's turkey industry generates significant economic activity and employment opportunities in the state," says Waddingham. "Anytime is a good time to fire up the grill and enjoy the great taste of turkey made possible by Iowa's farm families who work hard to put it on tables of consumers around the world."

Turkey is a great lean protein option. A 3-ounce serving of roasted, skinless turkey breast contains 26 grams of protein, 45 milligrams of sodium, 1 gram of fat and only 120 calories. Turkey is a very healthy, convenient, economical and versatile choice. Show your support for Iowa's turkey industry by enjoying a turkey tenderloin, steak or drumstick tonight. If you don't have time to grill, stop by your local Subway or Jimmy John's and enjoy Iowa turkey on the go. For more information about turkey, visit www.iowaturkey.com.

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