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Nominations Now Open for 2009 Farmer of the Year Award

Jun 02, 2008

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Marti Pupillo
(202) 220-3535


Call for Nominations: 2009 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

(Washington, D.C. — June 2, 2008) Nominations are now being accepted for the title of the Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year, an annual award co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Today magazine. The winner will be honored at the 2009 Dairy Forum, January 11-14 at the Disney Yacht and Beach Club in Orlando, Fla. The deadline for nominations is October 3, 2008, and there is no entry fee.

The call asks for nominations of active U.S. dairy farms that are improving on-farm efficiency through progressive management practices, production technologies and/or marketing approaches. Nominees will be judged on current methods as well as their positioning to meet future economic and business challenges.

The award recipient will be chosen through a formal judging process that will include agriculture economists, former award winners and Dairy Today editorial staff. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2009 Dairy Forum to attend a special presentation ceremony held during the program. Dairy Forum is widely recognized as the most important processor/producer conference of the year for the U.S. dairy industry.

In addition, the winning operation will be highlighted in a feature story in the January 2009 issue of Dairy Today.

This call for nominations begins the 11th annual competition for the award. The 2008 winner was KBC Farms of Purdy, Missouri. Previous winners were Mason Dixon Farms, Gettysburg, Pa.; Clauss Dairy Farms, Hilmar, Calif.; Baldwin Dairy/Emerald Dairy, Emerald, Wis.; Si-Ellen Farms, Jerome, Idaho; Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, Kewaunee, Wis.; C Bar M Dairy, Jerome, Idaho; North Florida Holsteins of Bell, Fla.; KF Dairy of El Centro, Calif; and Joseph Gallo Farms of Atwater, Calif.

Complete award criteria and a nomination form are available by clicking here.


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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 530 companies representing a $100-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI), and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's 220 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85% of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. IDFA can be found online at


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