When you buy milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products, your purchases go a lot further than your refrigerator.
Almost all New England and New York dairy farms are family-owned and operated. Hard work, pride and stewardship have been passed down generation to generation.

In addition to providing and distributing nutritious products, the dairy industry generates substantial economic benefits at the local, regional and national levels through employment, local tax revenues and purchases of products and services. Therefore, by enjoying your favorite dairy foods, you’re also supporting your local economy!

Dairy farmers often diversify by offering home-made compost, maple syrup, handmade cheeses and more! Purchasing dairy and these other products benefits farmers and the community a great deal.

Here are some great resources to help you build a healthy shopping list including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and of course, dairy!


Who better to learn from about dairy farming than the dairy farmers themselves! Visit our “Your Local Farmers” page to watch videos from dairy farms from around New England. Our dairy farmers will take you on a virtual tour of their farm and address the things you’re interested in: animal care, milk production, how dairy benefits our local economy and much more!

Milk is the best choice, nutritionally, for you and your family. Find out how milk best the competition with this chart.

Share your knowledge with your family and friends by giving them the tools to learn about dairy farming and nutrition, including a Farm to You Toolkit for students and other educational resources at NewEnglandDairyCouncil.org. Finally, visit www.DairyFarmingToday.org to have all your questions answered!

Get Involved and Go

Weigh in on Farming Issues

Get the family out and about to learn more about agriculture and where food comes from!

Be an active citizen and make your voice heard on farming issues in your area! Get involved in decisions made by your local zoning board or planning commission. American Farmland Trust has great resources to help get you started.