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Industry Encouraged to Nominate Outstanding Producers, Leaders, Innovators

The Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association, Center for Dairy Excellence and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania are accepting nominations for the 2016 Pennsylvania Dairy Industry Awards, an industry-wide program that recognizes and showcases leadership, stewardship, and excellence in Pennsylvania's dairy industry, through four awards presented at the 2017 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit in Lancaster. Nominations are due by November 15, 2016.

The four awards recognized through this program include:

  • Pennsylvania Distinguished Dairy Producer Award Recognizes dairy producers (either individual or farm enterprise) who have demonstrated superior management capabilities within their own dairy business and provide outstanding leadership and service to the dairy industry.
  • Pennsylvania Distinguished Dairy Woman Award Recognizes a dairy woman who has distinguished herself in her leadership and service to the dairy industry, both on the farm or to the broader industry.
  • Pennsylvania Dairy Service Award Recognizes an individual in the industry who has distinguished him or herself in serving the greater interest of Pennsylvania's dairy industry and its individual dairy farms.
  • Pennsylvania Dairy Innovator Award Recognizes an individual or business entity that has provided tremendous innovation to progress Pennsylvania's dairy industry toward a brighter future, either by advancing the marketplace or creating new opportunities for innovation on the dairy farm.

    All applications received are reviewed by a committee comprised of two Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association board members, two Center for Dairy Excellence board members, two Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania board members and one representative from the Penn State Extension Dairy Team.

In addition to being recognized at the summit, winners of the awards are also recognized in the Dairy Hall of Fame located at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Recognition for the awards will be through sponsors' media and web-based outreach efforts.

To nominate an individual or organization, access the nomination form found at under "Programs and Events," and one letter of support outlining why the candidate is qualified to receive this award. All nominations must be received by November 15 to be considered for the current award year.

Qualified applicants will stay in the nomination pool for three years after being submitted for consideration. Nominators will be given the opportunity to update the nomination each of the two years following their original submission. Once a candidate is honored as a winner in a particular category, they or individuals representing them are not eligible to win in any other category for two subsequent years.

For more information on the nomination process, please contact Jayne Sebright at or by calling the center at 717-346-0849. Visit for guidelines and complete details.

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