MADISON, Wis. -

Governor Scott Walker issued a proclamation Tuesday declaring June as Wisconsin's official "Dairy Month."

Wisconsin's dairy industry contributes more than $26.5 billion to Wisconsin’s economy per year, and employs more than 146,000 people, Governor Walker's office said.

The Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics Service and Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board says Wisconsin has more than 140 cheese plants and about 11,000 dairy plants. Wisconsin produces 600 varieties of cheese.

"The dairy industry is vitally important to Wisconsin’s economy, culture, and heritage," Governor Walker said in a statement. "I look forward to attending farm breakfasts around the state and celebrating the great Wisconsin industry throughout the month."

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has more information on ways to celebrate Dairy Month across the state at: http://www.dairydaysofsummer.com/.