Bet you didn't know that New York is the third-largest milk producer in the United States... According to State Symbol USA, that fact is the reason why milk is the official state drink of New York.
Designated as the official state beverage of New York in 1981, New York's milk is used for consumption, but also for butter, cheese, ice cream, and processed products around the country. Dairy farming is the largest component of agriculture which is the backbone of Upstate New York's economy. Milk has been called a nearly perfect food by State Symbol USA as it is a source of protein, calcium, and several other important nutrients.
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