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Beverage

Milk

by Steven Case and T. Mike Childs
NC Government & Heritage Library, 2007. Updated 2011.

 

Color photograph of a milk carton from Hunter Jersey Farms, Inc., Charlotte, N.C. From the collections of the North Carolina Museum of History. Used courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. The General Assembly adopted milk as the official State Beverage on June 12, 1987. (Session Laws, 1987, c. 347).

In making milk the official state beverage, North Carolina followed 17 other states, including both South Carolina and Virginia.

The number of milk cows and milk production in North Carolina declined between 2000 and 2010.

The designation was requested by the state Milk Commission (established in 1947), and introduced by Senator Aaron W. Plyler, a Democrat from Union County. It became law on June 12, 1987. At that time, North Carolina cows produced 179 million gallons of milk a year.

 

 

Map of dairy cows

 

References and additional resources:

Agricultural Statistics: 2010 Annual Statistics Book. NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Online at http://www.ncagr.gov/stats/2010AgStat/index.htm

NASS QuickStats Search Page (Statistics from the USDA/National Agricultural Statistics Service).

Associated Press. “Senator finds milk hard to swallow.” The New Bern Sun-Journal. April 30, 1987. A11.

Image Credits:

[Hunter Jersey Farms, Inc., Charlotte, N.C., milk carton]. Photograph. Item H.1993.482.26North Carolina Museum of History. (accessed December 11, 2014).

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Comment: 

I think this website should have the official food.

Comment: 

Hi Tashima,

North Carolina doesn't have a single official food, however a number of different foods have been adopted by the state.  You can find them in this list of state symbols in NCpedia: http://ncpedia.org/symbols

I hope that helps!

Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library

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My name is jeff An I love milk

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Why everybody love drinking milk what does it do.

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My drink list: (from the best to the worst.)
1. Water
2. Milk
3. Juice
4. Soda

I'll say it for you... "I'm weird."

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root bear

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how is soda your last thing on the list?Soda is awsome.

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milk is the bomb

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milkisawesomeiloveit

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I agree to that CHEER WINE is the best

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