U.S. Sens. Tina Smith, Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig Lead MN Members in Introducing Resolution to Designate November 17 as “National Butter Day”

WASHINGTON, D.C [11/17/21]— U.S. Senators Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar (both D-Minn.) and U.S. Representative Angie Craig (D-Minn.) today introduced resolutions in both the House and Senate to designate November 17, 2021 as “National Butter Day.” The Members were joined by U.S. Representative Betty McCollum and U.S. Representative Michelle Fischbach in introducing the Resolution.

The three leads, all of whom serve on the Agriculture Committee, said that as a dairy state, Minnesota is a major butter producer and their resolution would promote the production of butter, not only in their state, but across the country.

Dairy producers play an important economic role in Minnesota and across the country, and our state produces the best butter in the worldsaid Sen. Smith. This resolution will designate November 17 as National Butter Day, and help promote dairy producers – and butter – across the country.

“Minnesota’s dairy farmers are key to producing and protecting our nation’s food supply,” said Klobuchar. “By designating November 17 as National Butter Day, we are recognizing their contributions and celebrating the great butter made in our state.”

“There’s no doubt about it – Minnesota produces the world’s finest butter. And anyone who’s been to the Minnesota State Fair knows that it’s also home to the world’s best butter sculptures!” said Representative Angie Craig. “I’m grateful to the dairy producers across our state and country who help feed the nation and the world, and I’m glad to join a bipartisan group of colleagues from the Minnesota Congressional delegation to honor the best butter and dairy producers in the world.” 

“The dairy farmer-owners of AMPI and the co-op’s team of buttermakers take pride in producing great-tasting butter from high-quality milk produced on family farms.” Said AMPI Co-President and CEO Sheryl Meshke. “Butter is a true superstar of the kitchen – a key ingredient in many favorite dishes and desserts. November 17 is a perfect time to celebrate butter and buttermaking in the U.S. as the holiday cooking and baking season begins.  Special thanks to Sens. Smith and Klobuchar, Rep. Craig and fellow members of the Minnesota delegation for joining us in this celebration. As the first state to carve the likenesses of dairy princesses from butter, it’s only fitting Minnesotans lead the effort in recognizing an official National Butter Day.

You can read the resolution below:

Resolution Designating November 17, 2021 as “National Butter Day”

Introduced by Sens. Tina Smith, Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Angie Craig

  • Whereas, around the world, butter can be found in cuisines of every culture, each of which use butter to enhance recipes and enrich lives;
  • Whereas butter has been on the dinner table for individuals for hundreds of years;
  • Whereas butter has served as a staple for family recipes that have been passed down for generations;
  • Whereas the average individual in the United States eats 6.3 pounds, or about 25 sticks, of cow’s butter each year;
  • Whereas butter sculptures have been used to celebrate scenes and individuals from across the United States since the 19th century;
  • Whereas butter is the crucial ingredient in mouth-watering sauces, rich cookies, creamy mashed potatoes, hearty casseroles, and much more;
  • Whereas butter producers, processors, and dealers have always ensured that butter was available for cooks across the United States; and
  • Whereas butter has improved the meals that have brought families and friends together: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) designates November 17, 2021, as “National Butter Day”; and

(2) encourages the people of the United States to celebrate National Butter Day with their favorite buttery dishes and baked goods.