The award, which has been presented annually since 1961, honors one outstanding dairy farm each year for overall excellence in dairying. Nominees are evaluated by a judging committee on their overall farm management, innovative practices, milk quality, crops, pasture quality, conservation practices, and promotion of the dairy industry.
Anyone may nominate a farm. Previous nominees that did not win may be nominated again. The winner will be announced this summer. The Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year award is sponsored by the New England Green Pastures program, which also recognizes a state winner from each of the other five New England states. The Vermont winner will be honored at the annual meeting and at the farmer luncheon at the Vermont Farm Show in Essex Junction, as well as at an awards banquet at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, in September along with the other New England winners.
For details about the award or a link to the nomination form visit www.go.uvm.edu/vdfya. For information call Peggy Manahan at (800) 639-2130 or email email@example.com.