Applications are being accepted through April 30, in three award categories: animal care, community/consumer outreach, and environmental stewardship. Dairy farms in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and northern Virginia are eligible for nomination. Farmers may nominate themselves, or an organization, neighbor or colleague may nominate a farm.
The Lesher family of Way-Har Farm in Bernville, Pennsylvania, was a 2017 Consumer and Community Outreach winner. Lolly Lesher encourages dairy farmers to fill out the application.
“As farmers, we work hard to produce a safe and nutritious product, but are often so busy caring for cows and our farms that we forget to talk about the innovative work we do,” said Lesher. “However, it is important for us to share our stories to help close the gap between ourselves and consumers. The Dairying for Tomorrow award is a great way to highlight our efforts.”
The award will recognize up to 24 regional winners in eight regions within the ADA North East service area. The overall winner in each category will receive a $1,000 donation for milk to their regional foodbank, or to implement a yogurt smoothie program in their local school. Overall winners will also receive a video and photo shoot of their farm. The honorable mention in each category will receive a photo shoot of their farm.
For more information, and to submit nominations, please visit https://www.americandairy.com/for-farmers/dairying-for-tomorrow.stml.
Winners will be selected by a panel of judges in May and notified by June 15, and awarded during the New York State Fair Dairy Day breakfast or Ag Progress Days in Pennsylvania in August.