MILC program still in effect

Hello again,

MILC producers need to be aware the MILC program has still been in effect throughout the 2013 fiscal year. Payments have been available in the months of October of 2012, and January, February, March, April, May, June and July of 2013.

Rates were $.0236789, $.1179986, $.5222389, $.7545603, $.6988366, $.7423572, $.2187348 and $.0584288.

Payments could also be available in the months of August and September.

All dairy operations must provide their final production evidence for all payment months by Nov. 1.

Dairy facts

Speaking of milk and dairy, here are some “cool cow facts”:

• It takes 12 pounds of whole milk to make one gallon of ice cream.

• It takes 21.2 pounds of whole milk to make one pound of butter.

• Vanilla is America’s favorite ice cream flavor.

• George Washington enjoyed ice cream so much he ran up a $200 ice cream bill one summer.

• The milk mustache advertising campaign was launched in 1995.

• Cows have an acute sense of smell — they can smell something up to 6 miles away.

• The natural yellow color of butter comes mainly from beta-carotene, found in the grass the cows graze on.

• Milk is better for cooling your mouth after eating spicy food. Milk products contain casein, a protein that cleanses burning taste buds.

• Most cows chew at least 50 times per minute.

• There are approximately 340-350 squirts in a gallon of milk.

• The milk bottle was invented in 1884. Plastic milk containers were introduced in 1964.

• Consumer spending on dairy products is $74.6 billion dollars annually about 1.33 percent of personal income.

• 12.27 percent of the food dollar is spent on dairy products.

• The U.S. enjoys an average of 48 pints of ice cream per person, per year, more than any other country. (Maybe we should make ice cream the fifth food group.)

• It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone. Challenge your family to a Lick-a-Thon, and see who finishes first.

• The biggest ice cream sundae in history was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1988, and weighed in at more than 24 tons. You can’t order that in an ice cream parlor!

• In 2003, Portland, Ore., bought more ice cream per person than any other U.S. city.

• The ice cream cone’s invention is linked to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. An ice cream vendor reportedly didn’t have enough dishes to keep up with the demand, so he teamed up with a waffle vendor who rolled his waffles into cones.

That’s all for now!

FSA Andy

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FSA Andy is written by USDA Farm Service Agency county executive directors in northeastern Ohio. More Stories by FSA Andy

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