Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

IDFA and Dairy Herd Management continue to recognize progressive dairy producers by co-sponsoring the annual Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award. The award celebrates U.S. producers that embrace innovation, technology, collaboration and partnerships to gain greater on-farm productivity and improved milk marketing.

Nominations for the 24th annual award will open in the summer of 2021. The winner will be announced in the January 2022 issue of Dairy Herd Management magazine and honored at Dairy Forum 2022.

Read about Homestead Dairy, the 2021 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year.

Complete award criteria and a nomination form are available here.

“There is a story of innovation, sustainability and smart growth happening in the dairy industry, and much of that story begins with dairy farmers. We are excited to highlight and honor those farmers who, through the use of new technologies, partnerships and sustainable practices, are making important contributions to the future of the dairy industry.”

            Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO

Previous Award Winners

2021 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year: Homestead Dairy of Plymouth, Ind. was recognized as the 2021 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year at the International Dairy Foods Association’s (IDFA) Dairy Forum. The award is presented each year by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management magazine. Homestead Dairy is one of the largest robotic farms in North America and has been a family owned and operated dairy for more than 75 years in the state of Indiana. Brian and Jill Houin and their 14 family members have created a blueprint for how to operate a large dairy with a focus on animal health, sustainability and efficiency.

Read more in Dairy Herd Management

List of Winners