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Salute to dairy: Celebrating New Mexico's dairy production status


June 23, 2019

SANTA FE — New Mexicans for Economic Prosperity, a statewide economic advocacy coalition, is celebrating New Mexico’s high position in dairy production during June, which is national dairy month.

“We’re a national leader in dairy production, yet many New Mexicans don’t know about the industry’s vital contributions to our economy, particularly in rural communities,” said Kyler Nerison, NM4EP executive director.

“National Dairy Month provides an opportunity to change that and help educate folks about the importance of the industry to New Mexico.”

According to a release from NM4EP, the Land of Enchantment is the country’s No. 9 producer of milk and its No. 5 producer of cheese.

“Dairy is not typically associated with New Mexico agriculture in the same way as beef or chile, but we’re a national leader and it’s our top agricultural commodity,” said Beverly Idsinga, executive director of Dairy Producers of New Mexico. “And because almost all of the dairy produced in New Mexico is exported outside the state, the industry brings in outside dollars that increase local incomes and jobs in our communities.”

Dairy is New Mexico’s top agricultural commodity in terms of value produced, with $1.33 billion in product in 2017. The dairy industry is directly responsible for more than 5,800 jobs, $215 million in wages, $5.3 billion in economic impact, and $162 million in state tax revenue.

“New Mexico farmers and ranchers help feed the nation and our world, while also helping to grow our economy and improve the environment. Dairy producers are no exception,” said Chad Smith, CEO of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. “New Mexicans can be proud of this great industry that is helping to lead the country in production and innovation.”

National Dairy Month began in 1937 as National Milk Month to promote drinking milk. It is now an annual event across the country to recognize the many contributions of the dairy industry.


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