December 15, 2023

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska State Dairy Association (NSDA) extends its heartfelt appreciation to the Nebraska delegation for their steadfast support of the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act, a landmark piece of legislation aimed at promoting the nutritional well-being of our nation’s youth. The NSDA applauds the tireless efforts of Representative GT Thompson and numerous co-sponsors, including Nebraska’s own Congressman Don Bacon, for championing this crucial bill in the House of Representatives.

Yesterday marked a significant milestone as Congress overwhelmingly passed the bill with a bipartisan vote of 330-99, underscoring the collective commitment to prioritizing the health and nutrition of our children. The NSDA, alongside its dedicated members, has actively conveyed the voices and concerns of Nebraska’s dairy farmers to Washington D.C., emphasizing the importance of sustaining our next generation through wholesome nutrition.

In response to this legislative triumph, Mike Guenther, President of NSDA, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Yesterday, Congress passed one of the most important pieces of legislation in terms of nutrition for our youth. The NSDA has traveled to Washington D.C. to carry the message of Nebraska’s dairy farmers around fueling our next generation. The House passed the bill 330-99, an overwhelming bipartisan win.”

Scientific studies consistently highlight the positive impact of full-fat milk consumption on children’s health. When kids consume whole milk, they are less likely to be obese, experience lower rates of diabetes, and receive essential nutrients vital for brain, bone, and overall body development.

Guenther continued, “We look forward to this moving to the Senate and urge its swift passage so our kids can get the proper nutrition they need.”

As the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act progresses to the Senate, the NSDA remains dedicated to advocating for the well-being of Nebraska’s children and the vitality of the dairy industry. The association urges swift bipartisan support in the Senate, emphasizing the critical role that proper nutrition plays in shaping a healthy and thriving future for the youth of our nation.