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Dairy Facts 2016

Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

Recognizing Progressive Dairy Producers

Co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management

Schrack Farm Resources LP of Loganton, Pa., was recognized as the 2018 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during a special ceremony at Dairy Forum 2018. The annual award, now in its 20th year, celebrates U.S. dairy producers that are improving efficiency through progressive management practices, production technologies and/or marketing approaches. Nominees are judged on current methods as well as their positioning to meet future economic and business challenges.  

Schrack Farm Resources Named 2018 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

Jim and Lisa Harbach and Kevin Schrack, Lisa’s brother, are partners in Schrack Farm Resources, and they operate the farm with the help of their children and grandchildren, who now represent the 11th generation on the land. The farm was nominated for the award by Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding.

“We’re pleased to honor Schrack Farm Resources because their operation effectively demonstrates that investment in environmentally friendly practices can lower costs, provide new revenue streams and offer greater efficiencies on the farm,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “Also, we commend the partners for continuing to educate local legislators and their community about their operation’s positive economic and environmental benefits.”

  • View a brief video about the owners and their operation here.
  • Read the Dairy Herd Management article here

Nominations for the 2019 Innovative Farmer of the Year will open June 2018. 

Previous Winners

  • Jer-Lindy Farms LLC, Brooten, Minn. 
  • Holsum Dairies, Hilbert, Wis.
  • Hilmar Jerseys, Hilmar, Calif. 
  • Milk Source, LLC, Kaukauna, Wis.
  • McCarty Family Farms, Rexford, Kan.
  • Sweetwater Valley Farm, Philadelphia, Tenn.
  • Brubaker Farms, Mount Joy, Pa.
  • Haubenschild Dairy Farm, Princeton, Minn.
  • High Plains Dairy of Friona, Texas
  • KBC Farms, Purdy, Mo.
  • Joseph Gallo Farms, Atwater, Calif.
  • KF Dairy, El Centro, Calif.
  • North Florida Holsteins, Bell, Fla.
  • C Bar M Dairy, Jerome, Idaho
  • Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, Kewaunee, Wis.
  • Si-Ellen Farms, Jerome, Idaho
  • Baldwin Dairy/Emerald Dairy, Emerald, Wis.
  • Clauss Dairy Farms, Hilmar, Calif.
  • Mason Dixon Farms, Gettysburg, Pa.
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