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Butter sculpture honors dairy producers in Pennsylvania

Monday, January 11, 2010

Though often used for things like toast, butter was recently the medium used for a sculpture to honor dairy farmers.
Though often used for things like toast, butter was recently the medium used for a sculpture to honor dairy farmers.

Dairy farmers may feel a bit buttered up as a sculpture is being featured in Pennsylvania that is produced from a product they help create.

A large, 1,000-pound sculpture made from butter was featured at this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show in order to honor those who use agricultural equipment in order to help produce dairy products. The piece of art depicts a dairy cow along with a dairy farmer pouring a glass of milk at a table with his family.

Russell Redding, secretary of agriculture for the state, said that more than 98 percent of the state's dairy farms are owned by families.

"Pennsylvania's dairy industry is the largest sector of our state's number one economic enterprise - agriculture," Redding said.

The sculpture is being sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion program and was created with donated butter from Land O' Lakes.

And as producers in the state are slated to be honored, they and their fellow dairy farmers across the country recently came to an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in order to help reduce greenhouse gasses by 2020.
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