Applications for the Dairy of Distinction Program are due April 15.
"Established in 1983, the Northeast Dairy Farm Beautification Program recognizes the hard work and dedication of dairy owner / operators who have attractive, well-kept farms and promote a good dairy industry image," states the website. "All active dairy farms in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Vermont are eligible to apply for the Dairy of Distinction award."
Winning farms receive the special Dairy of Distinction roadside sign for their farmstead.
The Dairy of Distinction Program is based on the concept that attractive farmsteads enhance consumer confidence in the dairy industry. The award also recognizes the hard work and efforts of all Northeast dairy farmers.
“This grassroots recognition has been the key to the program,” said William Underwood, New York’s first president and farmer from Tully, Onondaga County. “This is one way dairy farmers can directly promote their industry.”
To apply for the award, an application must be submitted to the secretary for your state by April 15. The New York state secretary is Nancy Putman, 80 Chipman Corners Road, Lisbon, (315) 322-5493, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roadside farm judging takes place in May and is based on the condition of the farm and livestock.Winning farms will be notified in late May or June. Winners are re-judged every year to ensure they maintain the high standards of the award.