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Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

Recognizing Progressive Dairy Producers

Co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management

Nominations are now being accepted for the 22st Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year, an annual award co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management magazine. The winner will be honored at Dairy Forum 2020, January 26-29 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Nominations must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2019, and there is no fee to enter. 

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,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “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.”

The award recipient will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Dairy Forum to attend a special presentation ceremony held during the event. (Winner will be responsible for all tax liabilities.) The person nominating the winner will receive complimentary registration to Dairy Forum.

In addition, the winning operation will be highlighted in the January 2020 issue of Dairy Herd Management.

Foster Brothers Farms Named 2019 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

Foster Brothers Farms/Vermont Natural Ag Products, Inc. (VNAP), of Middlebury, Vermont, was recognized as the 2019 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during a special ceremony this week at the International Dairy Foods Association’s Dairy Forum, in Orlando, Florida. The award celebrates U.S. dairy producers that have embraced innovation and technology, as well as industry collaboration and partnerships, to achieve greater on-farm productivity and improved milk marketing.

“We are extremely impressed with Foster Farm’s use of technology, innovation and business partnerships to build and maintain a modern, progressive dairy operation,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “The ‘Cow Palace’ incorporates the latest in robotic milkers, and the owners use a unique heat recovery system they designed themselves along with Agrilabs Technologies to produce energy and more efficiently compost manure solids in its second business that includes Moo Organic Manure Compost Products.”

  • Read the Dairy Herd Management article here

Previous Winners

  • Schrack Farm Resources
  • 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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