Whole Milk For Healthy Kids Act and U.S. Cheese Exports Strong

Whole Milk For Healthy Kids Act and U.S. Cheese Exports Strong

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**The Committee on Education voted to advance a bill restoring whole milk in schools.

The Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2023 highlights milk's health benefits and nutrients to young Americans, including better bone health, lower blood pressure, and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease or Type 2 diabetes.

According to Dietary Guidelines, milk is a source of three out of four under-consumed nutrients: calcium, potassium, and vitamin D.

**In 2022, the U.S. exported more than 450,000 metric tons of cheese, valued at approximately $2.3 billion.

USDA’s Economic Research Service reports that top export markets include Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and Canada.

U.S. cheese is a mainstay among imported cheeses in these countries.

In 2022, U.S. cheese accounted for nearly one-fifth of cheese imported by Canada and Japan by value and nearly one-fourth of cheese imported by Australia.

**A new study from the University of California-Riverside shows the E15 ethanol blend provides notable emissions reductions compared to regular gas.

The Renewable Fuels Association hailed the report as proof of the value of E15 for Californina, which has yet to allow the E15 blend.

RFA President Geoff Cooper says, this study shows what we've been arguing all along--that E15 offers emissions benefits that would help meet California’s environmental goals.

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