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National Milk Day: Nourishing America with the USDA's Dairy Initiatives

Posted by Renée Benson, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA Office of Communications in Equity Food and Nutrition Nutrition Security
Jan 09, 2024
glass carafe of milk with cows in the background

National Milk Day is observed on January 11th each year to commemorate the day in 1878 when milk deliveries began in glass bottles sealed with waxed paper. It is also a time to appreciate the contributions of dairy farmers and serves as a reminder of the nutritional value and cultural significance of dairy in the lives of many Americans.

As we celebrate National Milk Day, we also recognize the crucial role the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plays in ensuring that Americans have access to wholesome, high-quality dairy products.

glass bottles of milk in processing plant

Here is how the USDA contributes to the dairy industry and promotes the well-being of individuals and families across the nation:

Research and Innovation:
The USDA invests in research to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of dairy production. This includes promoting best practices for animal health and business innovation initiatives in the dairy industry.

Educational Outreach:
Through programs such as MyPlate and Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the USDA highlights the nutritional value of dairy products and encourages consumer awareness of dairy products as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Nutritional Assistance Programs:
The USDA administers programs like the National School Lunch Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), providing nutritious dairy options to school children and low-income families. This ensures that dairy is accessible to those who need it most.

Dairy Price Support Programs:
The USDA implements initiatives to stabilize dairy prices, providing support to dairy farmers during periods of market uncertainty. This helps maintain a stable supply of affordable dairy products for consumers.