Industry Award Nominations Sought by Dairymen’s, PDMP and Center

Industry Award Nominations Sought by Dairymen’s, PDMP and Center

Nominate Outstanding Producers, Leaders, Innovators of the Pennsylvania Dairy Industry


Harrisburg, Pa. – Nominations for the Pennsylvania Dairy Industry Awards are now being accepted by the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and Center for Dairy Excellence. Four industry awards are given annually through an industry-wide program that recognizes leadership, stewardship and excellence in Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.

The four awards recognized through this program include:

  1. Pennsylvania Distinguished Dairy Producer Award – Recognizes dairy producers (either individual or farm enterprise) who have demonstrated superior management capabilities within their own dairy business and provide outstanding leadership and service to the dairy industry.
  2. Pennsylvania Distinguished Dairy Woman Award – Recognizes a dairy woman who has distinguished herself in her leadership and service to the dairy industry, both on the farm or to the broader industry.
  3. Pennsylvania Dairy Service Award – Recognizes an individual in the industry who has distinguished him or herself in serving the greater interest of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and its individual dairy farms.
  4. Pennsylvania Dairy Innovator Award – Recognizes an individual or business entity that has provided tremendous innovation to progress Pennsylvania’s dairy industry toward a brighter future, either by advancing the marketplace or creating new opportunities for innovation on the dairy farm.

All applications received are reviewed by a committee comprised of: two Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association board members, two Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania board members, two Center for Dairy Excellence board members, and one representative from the Penn State Extension Dairy Team.

The awards will be presented at the 2018 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit in State College, Pa. and the award recipients are added to the Dairy Hall of Fame located in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Recognition for the awards will be through sponsors’ media and web-based outreach efforts.

Nominations are due by November 15, 2017.

Qualified nominees remain in the nomination pool for three years after being submitted for consideration. Nominators will be given the opportunity to update their nominations. Once a candidate is honored as a winner in a category, they or individuals representing them, are not eligible to win in any other category for two subsequent years.

To nominate an individual or organization, access the nomination form found at under “Programs and Events.” One letter of support outlining why the candidate is qualified to receive this award is needed. All nominations must be received by November 15, 2017, to be considered for this year’s awards selections. For more information on the nomination process, please contact Jayne Sebright at [email protected] or by calling the center at (717) 346-0849. Visit for guidelines and complete details.