May 19 2022 03:59 PM

Scholarship Winner, Young Producer and Producer of Year Honored

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The Indiana Dairy Producers Association (IDP) is focused on making Indiana the most desirable place to produce milk and this effort is only possible thanks to outstanding industry members. Recently the IDP named its 2022 Award winners who represent the outstanding people who make up Indiana’s dairy industry.

2022 IDP Producer of the Year: Alan Kuehnert

The Producer of the Year honor recognizes someone who embodies all that is great about the dairy industry. The 2022 award was bestowed upon the late Alan Kuehnert of Kuehnert Dairy Farm, Ft Wayne, Indiana. Alan, who passed away in a farm accident in April of 2021, was one of IDP’s most dedicated ambassadors who proactively worked to adopt new technologies on the farm and tell the story of the dairy industry.

2022 IDP Young Producer of the Year: Gregory Brawner

Gregory Brawner is the organization’s young producer of the year. A Purdue University graduate, Greg partners with his parents to run their dairy farm in Hanover, Indiana. He is focused on continual improvement on his operation and along with his wife, Erin, enjoys raising three small children on the farm.

2022 IDP Scholarship Winner: Alaina Weaver

North Miami high school senior Alaina Weaver is the 2022 IDP scholarship winner. Alaina lives on a dairy farm with her family and is active in 4-H and FFA, including being a member of her FFA chapter’s top ranked dairy judging team.

“Our 2022 honorees inspire us with the passion they have shown for our industry,” said Steve Obert, Executive Director, IDP. “Alan Kuehnert’s legacy will live on, and we look to rising leaders like Gregory Brawner and Alaina Weaver to help our industry continue to advance.”

More details on the honorees and photographs can be found on the IDP website.

About Indiana Dairy Producers

The Indiana Dairy Producers (IDP) organization is an organized voice for Hoosier dairy farmers, representing their interests across the state. Since the organization’s inception in 1999, IDP has engaged with both producers and those that impact dairy farmers: regulators, policymakers, dairy companies, consumers and industry partners. The Indiana Dairy Producers is a proactive, positive and professional network of dairy producer-members across the state. As an advocate and a partner, we proudly serve the dairy producers of Indiana.