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Dairy Delivers® for American Miners

Jan 09, 2019

IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports a broad range of industries across the nation, like mining?

The mining industry is very broad, including products like oil and natural gas as well as fertilizers and cement. Dairy companies have to build or operate a wide range of facilities and sometimes use heating oil or natural gas in their production processes.

Dairy companies, distributors and retailers also support American miners. The dairy industry directly supports over 8,570 mining jobs throughout the country.

Another 4,590 mining jobs depend on spending by dairy industry employees or those of their suppliers for everything from new stone countertops and natural gas for cooking to sand for their children’s play areas.

All told, the dairy industry creates nearly $1.6 billion in wages and $6.9 billion in economic impact for the American mining industry.

Dairy Delivers®

IDFA is sharing these deep dives into the data of Dairy Delivers®, its economic impact tool, to demonstrate dairy’s economic power and its ripple effect on other American industries.

Access IDFA’s Dairy Delivers® here.

Members with questions may contact Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy, at

Dairy Delivers