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Balchem Corporation (NASDAQ: BCPC), the global leader in choline chloride and precision release nutrient technologies, recently announced the Real Faces of Dairy essay winners.

As part of the Real Faces of Dairy campaign, children and adults were encouraged to tell their dairy story through the Real Faces of Dairy website and Facebook page. Each entry answered these questions; What does dairy mean to you? How has the dairy industry impacted your life? The finalists were announced mid-summer, and the public voted on the Real Faces of Dairy Facebook page for their favorite essay. Winners for each age category are as follows,


First Place: Lisa Ruble - Waterford, OH

Second Place: David Alexander - Conneaut Lake, PA

Third Place: Ashley Eckard-Maule - West Grove, PA

Fourth Place: Annah Nigon - Spencer, WI

15-18 Years

First Place: Derrek Hardy - Browning, MO

Second Place: Sarah Lehner - Delaware, OH

Third Place: Peyton Bond - Stockton, NJ

11-14 Years

First Place: Emily Makos - Juda, WI

Second Place: Lily Charapata - Coleman, WI

Third Place: Clarissa Ulness - Valders, WI

Fourth Place: Brock Strassburg - Bowler, WI

6-10 Years

First Place: Whitney Ulness - Valders, WI

Second Place: Abbie Ainslie - West Winfield, NY

Third Place: Brady Strassburg - Bowler, WI

Throughout 2016, Balchem has celebrated and honored the American dairy industry - past, present and future. Everyone is encouraged to share stories and photos and follow along throughout the year as more interviews, fun facts and pictures are shared each month. Be sure to watch for these exciting new programs and more big announcements throughout the remainder of 2016 and into 2017.

About Balchem

Balchem Corporation (NASDAQ: BCPC) consists of four business segments: Human Nutrition & Health (formerly SensoryEffects); Animal Nutrition & Health; Specialty Products; and Industrial Products. The Human Nutrition & Health segment delivers customized food and beverage ingredient systems, as well as key nutrients into a variety of applications across the food, supplement and pharmaceutical industries. The Animal Nutrition & Health segment manufactures and supplies products to numerous animal health markets. Through Specialty Products, Balchem provides specialty-packaged chemicals for use in healthcare and other industries, and also provides chelated minerals to the micronutrient agricultural market. The Industrial Products segment manufactures and supplies certain derivative products into industrial applications. For more information, visit