2021 New York State Dairy Princess and Alternates Selected in Virtual Pageant

Author: Jean Kummer | February 18, 2021

2021 New York State Dairy Princess and Alternates Selected in Virtual Pageant

Shelby Benjamin of Chenango County will represent New York dairy farmers as the 2021-2022 New York State Dairy Princess. The daughter of Barry and Susan Benjamin, Shelby is a student at SUNY Morrisville and is a member of the New York and National Holstein associations and the Brown Swiss Association. 

As state princess, Shelby receives a $1,200 scholarship and will serve as a dairy industry ambassador to promote dairy to consumers by supporting ADA North East’s dairy farmer-directed strategies with the goal of building consumer confidence in dairy farmers and dairy products. She will also play an integral role in developing and mentoring new county dairy princesses to fulfill the same mission. 

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Holly Niefergold from Erie County was named first Alternate State Princess, and Elizabeth Hymen from Jefferson County was selected as second Alternate State Princess. They receive a $700 scholarship and $600 scholarship, respectively. Both young women will assist the New York State Dairy Princess with training, appearances and other duties. 

ADA North East manages the New York Dairy Princess program, and provides funding, training and promotional resources. 


About American Dairy Association North East

American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing more than 10,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com or call our Main Office at 315-472-9143.