It’s time to nominate Vermont’s Dairy Farm of the Year

The University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association are seeking nominations for the 2018 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. The deadline to submit is April 27.

Presented annually since 1961, the award honors one outstanding dairy farm each year for overall excellence.

Nominees are evaluated by a judging committee comprised of past winners on the farms’ 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 2017 winner was Fairmont Farm of East Montpelier and Craftsbury.

Details about the award and a link to the nomination form are online at go.uvm.edu/vdfya. Questions, contact Peggy Manahan at 800-639-2130 or peggy.manahan@uvm.edu.

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 dairy association annual meeting and at the farmer luncheon at the Vermont Farm Show in Essex Junction, as well as at an awards banquet in West Springfield, Mass., in September along with the other New England winners.

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