COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) welcomed Ohio Dairy Producers to the Ohio Senate on Wednesday, presenting them with a resolution to commemorate the month of June as National Dairy Month. 

"It is an honor to recognize Ohio's Dairy Producers for their contributions to the food agricultural industry in this state," said Peterson. "Ice cream is one of the best parts of summer. For this delicious treat, we owe our gratitude to the hard working men and women who rise before daybreak every day to tend to their cows in the milking parlors. Ohio's dairy farmers love the work that they do, and we love that they do it."

Ohio is home to 270,000 dairy cows that live on 2,500 farms and produce more than 630 million gallons of milk annually. Dairy farmers contribute an average of $2.35 billion annually to the state's economy, which generates an annual average of $436 million in earnings and more than 14,400 jobs.

National Dairy Month was initially created to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus but has since developed into an annual tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made to the world.

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