CQP-certified dairy products are processed in Massachusetts with 75% (by weight or volume) of unprocessed milk from licensed Massachusetts dairy farms. CQP dairy farms process their own milk; make farmstead cheese, yogurt, butter and ice cream. Producers of these products must meet additional local, state and federal requirements and maintain certifications relative to food safety, animal husbandry and Best Management Farm Practices.
Support Small Businesses!
Did you know that most dairy farms in Massachusetts are small or medium-sized family run businesses? CQP dairy farms in Massachusetts compete with prices at large supermarkets as well as with other competitive beverages, like water, soda and non-dairy “milk” products. Buying CQP-certified local dairy products ensures that you are supporting Massachusetts businesses and enjoying a safe, high-quality product!
In 2010, Massachusetts dairy farms generated $43.9 million in sales and accounted for 10.3% of Massachusetts agricultural products’ value. It is estimated that Massachusetts dairy farms added $150 million into the state’s economy by supporting companies that provide supplies and services to farms. Almost two-thirds of farm supply and service expenditures were spent in Massachusetts. In 2010, the payroll of Massachusetts dairy farms was an estimated $13.5 million. Massachusetts dairy farm reported paying on average $10,350 in property and excise taxes. Their tax contributions have helped financially support town services in over 25% of MA municipalities. By consuming CQP-certified dairy products you can help maintain jobs and support the Commonwealth’s economy.
Benefits to the Community
Massachusetts dairy farms are an important part of local food production. In 2007, Massachusetts dairy farms produced over 18% of the milk consumed in the state. Over 25% of dairy farmers directly sold food products (meat, dairy products, eggs, maple syrup, vegetables, baked goods, honey, apples, and berries) directly to consumers.
Statewide, dairy farms provided recreational access to an estimated 37,000 acres. Almost 90% of dairy farms reported allowing public recreational access. About 80% of dairy farmers indicated that they had land with conservation restrictions (easements) that prevent conversion to other land uses. Dairy farmers care about farm appearance, with 90% of farmers reporting the application of practices that enhance the scenic value of agriculture. Dairy farmers are good neighbors; the volunteer an average of 90 hours/year, three times the level of Massachusetts residents in their communities.