Dairy Production Statistics
The dairy industry is a vital part of our nation’s food system. Dairy is essential to the health of communities across the country because it contributes jobs, income and economic vitality.
- Dairy farms support rural communities in all 50 states.
- There are 49,331 dairy farms in the United States.
- An economic analysis of the direct and indirect economic impact (also known as the multiplier effect) of U.S. dairy (farming through processing) was estimated to be $140 billion in economic output and $29 billion in household earnings.
- Dairies create a ripple effect on the agricultural economy and the economic well-being of rural America. When a dairy farmer sells a dollar of milk, it generates economic activity of $3, and every $1 million of U.S. milk sales generates 17 jobs.
Where milk goes, jobs follow. From farm to processor to distribution and retail, dairy creates jobs that support the economic well-being of rural America.
- Dairy farms sustain rural America. Even under the nation’s current economic challenges, dairy farmers and companies are a lifeline to 900,000 jobs in the United States.
- Dairy processing alone provides over 130,000 jobs in the U.S.
- Around 178,000 retail outlets in the U.S. sell dairy foods.
Dairy is local. Dairy farm families are business owners. Every glass of milk and each dairy product produced by these family businesses brings vitality to local and state economies.
Click a state to see the dairy production statistics in that area.
Note: These statistics were compiled from the following sources:
State Departments of Agriculture
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Services
Dairy industry sources, including the International Dairy Foods Association and Dairy Management, Inc.