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Governor Janet Mills has proclaimed June as “Maine Dairy Month” celebrating the vital contributions of Maine’s dairy farmers and producers.

In April, Governor Mills signed a supplemental budget into law that allocates $3 million for a one-time payment to Maine milk producers in recognition of increased production costs. The budget also implements changes to the Dairy Tier program, resulting in an additional $4.1 million being invested in Maine’s rural communities and agricultural businesses through purchases and wages paid by Maine’s dairy farms.

Maine is home to more than 200 dairy farms that care for herds of dairy cows, goats, and sheep and that steward 700,000 acres of farmlands. Because of their work, the state boasts award winning cheeses, yogurt, ice cream, and butter made exclusively with Maine milk and cream. Maine also benefits from dairy processors that bottle and sell milk year-round at retail locations statewide. In addition to agricultural products, farms provide numerous public benefits, such as scenic open spaces that enrich local communities.

More on “Maine Dairy Month” HERE.

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