We agree that some milk products should be considered health foods (maybe not that pint of Ben & Jerry's Double Fudge Brownie, but it sure is good!). Did you know that the Missouri milk industry doesn't only grow strong bones? It has historically grown Missouri's economy, one dairy farm at a time.
The University of Missour's Commercial Agriculture program recently released a study detailing just how the dairy sector's manufacturing and production contributes more than $2 billion to the state's gross domestic product (GDP) while supporting more than 23,000 jobs directly and indirectly.
"Missouri agriculture produces lots of commodities. What is different about Missouri's dairy industry is that our state's dairy processing industry transforms every drop we produce into higher-valued products. In addition, much of Missouri's dairy processing is owned by local dairy farmers through their cooperatives, allowing farmers to capture the value they create."
To check out the full summary, click here to visit Missouri Ruralist's website. For the full study by Joe Horner and Ryan Milhollin, go to: http://dairy.missouri.edu/dairylinks/DairyMfgEconImpact.pdf.