June is a special and important time of year for our industry. This June Dairy Month, join IDFA in elevating the many ways the dairy industry nourishes people, sustains the environment, innovates for the future, and delivers for communities in the United States and around the world. IDFA will be championing dairy through our advocacy campaigns—Dairy Delivers, Dairy Nourishes, Dairy Sustains, and Dairy Innovates. Each week, we will release new information, products, and resources for you to amplify the many positive aspects of our industry and its benefits to consumers.

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Dairy Sustains

The dairy industry plays a vital role in sustainable, equitable and secure food systems by nourishing people, communities, and the planet. Individually, dairy companies are balancing the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainability throughout their operations. Collectively, the U.S. dairy industry has committed significant resources to achieve ambitious environmental stewardship goals, including GHG neutrality, optimized water use, and improved water quality by 2050. Visit IDFA's Sustainability Recognition Platform to see below how all participants in the dairy supply chain are working both collectively and individually to significantly lessen our impact on the environment while maintaining a thriving industry that provides essential nutrition to people around the world. Share this page with your networks to help tell dairy's positive sustainability story.

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Dairy Nourishes

No other type of food or beverage provides the unique combination of nutrients that dairy contributes to the American diet, including high quality protein, calcium, vitamin D, and potassium, and health benefits including better bone health and lower risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Learn more about how dairy nourishes here.

This June, IDFA is celebrating the health benefits that dairy products provide. Join us by sharing facts about dairy products' nutritional benefits through your social media platforms with the hashtag #DairyNourishes and #JuneDairyMonth.

Advocate for dairy by supporting the Healthy Fluid Milk Incentive Program! Take just two minutes to send a pre-written message to your members of Congress in support of the program via the IDFA Campaign Center.

Dairy Delivers

Whether it's milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, or dairy-derived ingredients, American dairy companies are working to deliver their healthy, safe and affordable products to people around the world, creating jobs in the process. In fact, America’s dairy industry supports more than 3 million jobs that generate $42 billion in direct wages and $753 billion in overall economic impact.

For economic impact data, use IDFA's Dairy Delivers tool to learn how dairy foods manufacturers are contributing to the economic vitality of your community.

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Dairy also delivers for its most critical resource - its people. Through IDFA's People Strategy, IDFA is furthering the industry's ability to attract, retain and develop talent, and empower and support diversity in leadership roles.

Learn more about the five signature programs of IDFA's People Strategy:

This year, in partnership with IDFA's HR Leaders in Dairy community and Communications Committee, IDFA launched the Careers in Dairy video series to for dairy businesses to utilize in the recruitment of employees for a wide variety of fields, including trucking and transportation, warehouse, research and development, quality assurance, and much more.

Dairy Innovates

IDFA’s Dairy Innovates campaign brings to life the stories of innovation, sustainability and smart growth happening throughout the dairy supply chain thanks to industry leaders and big thinkers. Get the inside scoop on what it takes to remain competitive and successful in a quickly-evolving industry. Hear from dairy industry executives, analysts, and thought-leaders about what they're doing to respond to consumer demand, grow markets, modernize operations, deliver sustainable products, and give back to their communities.

Dairy Technology and Innovation Network

With the increasing integration of technology into all business practices, our dairy industry has become increasingly reliant on experts and tradespeople with training in technology, information systems, automation and machine learning. Now there is one community in the dairy sector where technology and innovation experts can gather, network, share best practices, and acquire knowledge from other leaders—it’s IDFA’s Dairy Technology and Innovation Network.

Learn more about the network and join here.

About National Dairy Month

National Dairy Month started out as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk. It was initially created to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus, but has now developed into an annual tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made to the world After the National Dairy Council stepped in to promote the cause, the name soon changed to "Dairy Month."

IDFA Staff Contact

Andrew Jerome

Associate Vice President, Communications