Why Choose Maine Dairy
Locally produced, always in season, Maine dairy is always there, whether you're looking to add nutrition and
high-quality protein to your diet or if you want something fun and delicious to share with friends or family.
Protects Farmland & Woodlands
Maine dairy farmers are the stewards of hundreds of thousands of acres of open farmland and small woodlands throughout our beautiful state, providing a home for wildlife, a place for recreation, and healthy soils and trees that sequester carbon.
Contributes to Maine Economy
Thousands of jobs on and off the farm, hundreds of millions of dollars in state and federal taxes, and more than $1 billion contributed to the Maine economy, dairy has a great deal to offer.
Advocates for Child Nutrition
Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council offers support, educational materials, recipes, grant opportunities and more to schools. Programs such as Fuel Up to Play 60 help students lead healthier lives, build strong communities and a greener planet.
Offers Proven Nutrition
Maine Dairy & Nutrition Council relies on evidence-based research to provide health professionals, as well as families, with the best science regarding dairy and a healthy lifestyle.
Whether in the form of milk, yogurt or cheese, dairy offers a complete nutrition package to all ages, including high-quality protein and bone-strengthening calcium. The nine essential nutrients in milk give children a good foundation, promoting healthy growth and development, and include three of the four nutrients lacking in most American diets. Even those who are lactose intolerant can find something in the dairy case.Learn More About Nutrition
U.S. dairy has voluntarily pledged to work towards a net zero carbon footprint by the year 2050. The industry has made great strides in recent decades, finding ways to do more with less land, water and other resources. Within Maine, we see farms that run off solar energy or turn manure into energy, focus on healthy soils and rely on the latest research for best practices.Learn More About Sustainability
Maine dairy farms are scattered all over this great state. Each farm is different and has its own story to tell. We hope to connect you with area farms to give you an inside look at how they care for their cows, how the milk gets from their farm to your table, what each farm contributes to its community and more.Learn More About Community
Nutrition, taste, creaminess, melty cheese - dairy has something to offer for every occasion and every discerning taste. Looking for something new to try? We have a recipe to tempt your taste buds.Learn More About Recipes
Dairy in Schools
Dairy is an essential ingredient in school nutrition. Maine Dairy and Nutrition Council offers resources and recipes for school nutrition staff as well as grant opportunities for small equipment. Schools also have the opportunity to earn grants to promote healthier eating and increase physical activity among students through Fuel Up to Play 60.Learn More About Dairy In Schools