Three Pennsylvania dairy farmers received the Clean Water Farm Award on July 17, 2019, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Congratulations to our farmers from Bedford, Cumberland and Franklin Counties!
These farms were among the 2019 winners, announced during the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc., annual conference.
Here's information from the press release about the individual farms:
Snider Homestead Farm (Bedford County)
Berneta and Brad Gable own Snider Homestead Farm which includes 243 acres of cropland and 53 acres of pasture. The dairy farm is located in New Enterprise, PA. The Gables installed best management practices (BMPs) such as stream bank (more) fencing, a stream crossing, and watering facility. A liquid storage facility handles cow manure and milkhouse waste.
Hard Earned Acres, Bob and Barb Keefer (Cumberland County)
Bob and Barb Keefer own Hard Earned Acres which includes 1,000 acres of cropland and 20 acres of pasture. The dairy farm in located in Shippensburg, PA. Best management practices (BMPs) include concrete barnyard improvements directed stormwater to a vegetative treatment area. Also, an anaerobic digester and a solids separator were installed on the farm.
Martin Farms, Josh & Brandi Martin and Robert & Patsy Martin (Franklin County)
Josh & Brandi Martin and Robert & Patsy Martin own Martin Farms in Chambersburg, PA. This dairy operation includes 1,059 acres of cropland. Best management practices (BMPs) include several concrete manure storage tanks, silage leachate collection system, stream bank fencing, and roofed manure stacking areas.
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.