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Dairy Girl Network (DGN) announces the opening of nominations for the DGN Leading Impact award sponsored by Beck’s and the DGN Forward Under 40 (+4) award sponsored by Compeer Financial. Online nominations are now open and due September 15, 2022. Award winners will be honored at the Forward TogetHER National Conference from November 1 -3, 2022 in Prior Lake, Minn.

The DGN Forward Under 40 (+4) award, sponsored by Compeer Financial, recognizes four passionate dairywomen working to better the dairy industry today. New this year, the DGN Leading Impact award, sponsored by Beck’s, will honor a distinguished dairywoman with involvement and leadership achievements positively impacting the dairy industry.

Nominees for both awards can be a dairy farmer, industry representative, educator and/or have multiple dairy-related roles. The ideal candidate will have contributed success towards dairy farming, is a leader within the agricultural industry and their community and be paving the way for future generations.

“Dairywomen are always moving the arrow forward for success in the dairy industry,” said DGN President and Founder, Laura Daniels, “DGN’s awards are milestone achievements honoring women in dairy who are positively influencing dairy farming into the future.”

The DGN Forward Under 40 award is presented biennially at the Forward TogetHER National Conference. For 2022 only, women aged 44 and under are eligible to be nominated for the DGN Forward Under 40 (+4) award, sponsored by Compeer Financial. Because the 2020 Forward TogetHER National Conference was held virtually, award recipients were not honored. Therefore, the award criteria is temporally modified to Forward Under 40 (+4), opening the door for women who may have missed the opportunity in 2020.

Applications will be judged by an outside panel made of anonymous industry professionals and dairy farmers. Winners will be notified in October. The nominee must be able to attend the Forward TogetHER National Conference from November 1 - 3, 2022 in Prior Lake, Minn. More information about the awards and nomination forms are available on Nominations will close on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at midnight CST. Anyone can nominate a deserving dairywoman for recognition of her achievements. Self-nominations will not be accepted. All nominees should be an official member of the Dairy Girl Network. If they receive DGN emails, they are a member. If not a member, or if they need to register - It is quick, easy and free at

Dairy Girl Network partners with organizations valuing personal and professional development for dairywomen. DGN national partners supporting all women in dairy by enhancing lives and creating opportunities are Undeniably Dairy, Cargill, Dairy Farmers of America, Diamond V, The National Dairy FARM Program, Farm Credit Services of America, Land O’ Lakes, Merck Animal Health, Michael Best and Zoetis. Event sponsorships for the Forward TogetHER National Conference are available. If your company is interested in sponsoring to help the event be even more of a success, contact Visit to view an event agenda and register for Forward TogetHER.