PHOTO RELEASE: MDARD Deputy Chief Executive Ken McFarlane celebrates National Milk Month by visiting K&K Dairy, the Michigan Dairy Farmers Association and Park Lake Creamery in Mid-Michigan

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The dairy industry is Michigan’s largest agricultural product

Bath, MI – Today, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Chief Deputy Director Ken McFarlane joined representatives from Michigan’s dairy industry to celebrate the Month National Milk. The group visited several dairy companies in central Michigan, including K&K Dairy, the Michigan Milk Producers Association and Park Lake Creamery.

“I’m thrilled to celebrate Michigan’s thriving dairy industry this month! Michigan is home to nearly 1,000 dairy farms, and many popular dairy products, like milk, cheese, and yogurt, are made here and packed with nutrient-dense vitamins,” said McFarlane. “Companies like Park Lake Creamery and K&K Dairy show the dairy industry’s positive and robust impact on Michigan’s economy.”

Since 1939, National Milk Month has encouraged families to celebrate milk as the drink of choice based on its nutritional value. Dairy’s rich history continues with communities, businesses and individuals across the region observing National Dairy Month in a variety of ways.

K&K Dairy is a fourth-generation farm in Westphalia, home to 250 dairy cows and 1,900 acres of crops. They are committed to providing consumers with the freshest and healthiest milk. Most of the crops grown on their land are used to feed their cows. Cow care is a top priority at K&K Dairy Farms.

“Michigan has some of the most progressive dairy farmers in the country. Every day they go above and beyond to care for their cows and provide nutritious and delicious dairy products,” said Dwyer Williams, CEO of United Dairy Industry of Michigan, which works on behalf of all Michigan dairy farmers. “Thanks to this commitment to continuous improvement, Michigan ranks first in milk production per cow.”

The Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) was formed in 1916, as a milk marketing and processing cooperative owned by dairy farmers in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. MMPA operates two Michigan manufacturing plants in Ovid and Constantine. These factories produce high quality dairy products for sale to food manufacturers.

Park Lake Creamery is a gourmet chocolate, ice cream, and cafe located on a lake in Bath, Michigan. They proudly manufacture their products from scratch, using simple, wholesome ingredients. The Creamery serves a full selection of premium chocolates, frozen desserts and unique coffee drinks. Park Lake Creamery even allows guests to enjoy an ice cream while being able to rent a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard to explore more of the surroundings.

Throughout 2022, MDARD Director Gary McDowell and other MDARD members are meeting with Michigan food and agriculture businesses to discuss how they can continue to thrive in Michigan’s new economy and how to best how MDARD can contribute to their continued development.

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