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Economic Impact

For over a century and a half, Vermont’s dairy farms have helped shape our land and our way of life. But many Vermonters aren’t aware of the major role dairy plays in our state’s economy. Dairy accounts for 70% of all Vermont’s agricultural sales, provides thousands of jobs, and contributes to our vital working landscape. Just as the open pastures and rolling hills of our dairy farms help define Vermont’s landscape, dairy businesses are inextricably linked to our state’s economy.

In 2014, the Vermont Dairy Promotion Council commissioned an in-depth study of the economic impact of the dairy industry in the state of Vermont. Written in collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, the report, Milk Matters: The Role of Dairy in Vermont, assesses the total economic impact of the dairy industry, from milk sales, to specialty foods, to jobs, to tourism.


Learn more about the big impact dairy has on our small state:

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“The dairy industry is integral to our way of life in Vermont—it is essential to our economy, our landscape, and our identity. I am proud of the hard working farmers who make this possible.”

Governor Peter Shumlin