Goal:To recognize local dairy farmers and showcase the unique actions they take, on and off the farm, to help sustain and improve the dairy industry.

Purpose:To reward dairy farmers or dairy farm families who display a passion for dairying and use practices that will help lead their dairy, and our industry,into the future.

Award Description: An overall winner and honorable mention will be presented in each of the three categories (Animal Care, Community Outreach, and Environmental Stewardship).These winners must reside and farm in ADA North East territory. All recognized farm will receive a “Dairying for Tomorrow” barn sign to display.

Those recognized must take part in a farm walk-through with an ADA North East staff member to qualify. This walk-through will include a brief tour of the farm and confirmation of all information submitted on the nomination form. 

The overall winners and honorable mentions in each category will receive a farm photo shoot developed by ADA North East. ADA North East will work with the farms to schedule the farm photo shoots. Photos will be made available to winners and will be used by ADA North East in social media campaigns and educational projects. 

In addition, the overall winner in each category will receive a donation of $1,000 in their name to one of two ADA North East retail or school initiatives, which drive dairy sales and develop young consumers’ enjoyment of dairy:$1,000 in dairy products to a regional food bank selected by the winner, or $1,000 to a local school selected by the winner to implement a smoothie program. 

Awards will be presented during the dairy awards breakfast at the New York State Fair or the ADA North East dairy farmer luncheon at Ag Progress Day in Pennsylvania, depending on the location of the recognized farms. Winners will be notified in advance and invited to attend the award presentation.

Award Criteria:
1.Applicant must be at least 18 years old.
2.Applicant must be located within ADA North East territory.
3.The farm must currently be shipping milk.
4.The contact name and phone number of two non-family and/or farm partner references must be included in application.
5.All entries received, and any materials submitted as part of the nomination, become the property of ADA North East and will not be returned.
6.Online submissions only.
7.Nominations may come from any affiliate of the farm including, but not limited to: owner, employee, veterinarian, nutritionist, feed salesman, extension agent, etc.
8.Nominees may only be recognized in one category. 
9.The online submission period runs January 15, 2019 through March 31, 2019.

For questions on the award or application process, please contact Callie Curley at ccurley@milk4u.org

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Sponsored by:

American Dairy Sponsored

Take a Look at Past Winners

Table Rock Farm

Castile, NY

2017 Animal Care Award Winner

Way-Har Farms

 Bernville, PA

 2017 Community and Consumer Outreach Winner

E-Z Acres Farm

Homer, NY

 2017 Environmental Stewardship Winner

Aukema Dairy Farm and Dutch Hill Creamery

Chenango Forks, N.Y.

 2016 Community/Consumer Outreach Award Winner

Ideal Dairy Farms

Hudson Falls, N.Y.

 2016 Animal Care Award Winner

Cottonwood Farms LLC

Pavilion, N.Y.

 2016 Environmental Stewardship Award Winner