Dairy farmers in the American Dairy Association North East’s six-state region are encouraged to apply for the Dairying for Tomorrow awards. The awards recognize farmers’ production practices that will help sustain the dairy industry now and into the future.
Awards will be given in three categories: animal care, community outreach and environmental stewardship.
“We want our farmers to know their efforts to produce high-quality milk are appreciated and critical to maintaining a positive image for the industry,” said ADA North East CEO Rick Naczi. “The awards recognize the dedication to the care of their animals and land, and to being a good neighbor in the local community.”
Winners and honorable mention winners will be selected in each category and will receive an on-farm photoshoot which will be made available to the winners and will be used by ADA North East in social media campaigns and educational projects.
Additionally, top winners in each category will receive a donation of $1,000 in their name to one of two ADA North East retail or school initiatives, which drive dairy sales and develop young consumers’ enjoyment of dairy. Options include $1,000 in dairy products to a regional food bank selected by the winner, or $1,000 to a local school selected by the winner to implement a yogurt smoothie program.
Awards will be presented during the dairy awards breakfast at the New York State Fair or the ADA North East dairy farmer luncheon at Ag Progress Days in Pennsylvania, depending on location of recognized farms. Winners will be notified in advance and invited to attend the award presentation.
About American Dairy Association North East
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing nearly 12,000 dairy farm families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit American Dairy.