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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 21st 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 2019, January 20-23 at The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. Nominations must be submitted by Sept. 28, 2018, and there is no fee to enter. 

Complete award criteria and a nomination form are available here.

“After 20 years of rewarding excellence and innovation in dairy farming, we decided the 21st year would be an appropriate time to expand the scope of the award in keeping with evolving on-farm practices,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “While still focused on innovators, the 2019 award will look for progressive U.S. dairy farmers who have employed new technology and welcomed industry partnerships to promote greater productivity, embrace sustainable practices, educate consumers and explore new paths to growth.”

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 2019 issue of Dairy Herd Management.

Schrack Farm Resources Named 2018 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

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. 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

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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