Dairying for Tomorrow (DFT) award winners were recognized during the Holstein show at the Maryland State Fair on Monday. ADA North East board member and dairy farmer Sherry Patterson of Chestertown, Md., presented the awards to the families. The awards are designed to recognize dairy farmers who are committed to moving the dairy industry into the future.
Overall Winner, Animal Care - Misty Meadows Farm
Misty Meadows Farm, Smithsburg, Maryland, received the overall Dairying for Tomorrow animal care award. Misty Meadows Farm is owned and operated by Jeni and Justin Malott and daughters Addison, Jillian, Vivian and Ella, along with Jeni’s parents David and Betsy Herbst. They milk 150 cows and process some milk in their on-farm creamery and ship some to Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, who nominated the family for the award.
Honorable Mention, Community Outreach - Fawn View Manor
Fawn View Manor, Pylesville, Maryland, received the honorable mention award for community outreach. Fawn View Manor is owned by Mary and Greg Stewart and children Abby, Bradley, Zachery, Thomas and Taylor. Mary developed a dairy education center around Fawn View Manor, the dairy farm owned by her parents, Jim and Janet Archer, where they host school tours, farm-to-table dinner events, parties, weddings and other community events.
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 nearly 11,000 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.