EDMONTON, ALBERTA –Stan and Marg Coleman were awarded the Dairy Industry Achievement Award (DIAA) by Alberta’s dairy producers. The Coleman’s owned and operated Green Hectares Jerseys, west of Innisfail, and have been involved in the dairy industry for over five decades. Their dedication to farm education initiatives and the Jersey breed has made them prominent members in Alberta’s dairy and agriculture industry.
The Coleman’s excel in two key areas that are recognized under the DIAA criteria: volunteer efforts and agricultural education in service to the industry. To engage consumers and the urban public they have opened up their farm and offered time, expertise and dairy cows to educational events. Their involvement in the Calgary Stampede’s Aggie Days, Amazing Agriculture and 4-H programs has contributed to increased public knowledge of the dairy industry.
“I have organized the cow milking demonstrations for many years for the Calgary Stampede’s Aggie Days. Stan and Marg were always willing to help by offering prize-winning Jerseys for the milking demos. They spent countless hours making sure the cows were well taken care of and answering questions from visitors,” says Debbie Lee, dairy cattle committee chair of the Calgary Stampede.
Both held executive leadership roles with the Alberta Jersey Cattle Club and were active in Jersey Canada events. They were instrumental to the Jersey Canada Genetic Recovery Program and descendants of their own herd have been recognized and awarded internationally.
Stan and Marg live on the original Green Hectares Jerseys farmland, where their family now operates Lilac Lane Farms.
About the Award
The Dairy Industry Achievement Award is open to producers, processors, academics and members of government agencies or industries affiliated with dairy in Alberta. The award has a long history in Alberta dating back to 1940 and through the Award, Alberta Milk seeks to convey the respect that Alberta’s dairy producers hold for the people and organizations that help better our industry.