The new official dairy product for the state is cheese.
Surprising, we know.
Fourth grade students at Mineral Point Elementary School first suggested the idea. The students lobbied at the Capitol to make cheese the state’s official dairy product.
Governor Scott Walker signed the cheese bill Thursday morning.
“We are so pleased to give Wisconsin cheese the recognition it deserves by declaring it the official state dairy product,” said Governor Scott Walker. “Today we celebrate the efforts of Wisconsin’s hard-working dairy farmers and cheesemakers who make us all proud to live in America’s Dairyland.”
For more than a century, Wisconsin has led the nation in cheese production, producing over three billion pounds of cheese annually.
“The students are absolutely thrilled that their voices have been heard,” said Livia Doyle, 4th Grade Teacher at Mineral Point Elementary School. “Being a part of this legislative process has been more meaningful and educational than ever imagined! The students have experienced firsthand what it means to have an idea and to share it with our representatives.”