November 30 is the deadline to nominate someone for the Pennsylvania Dairy Industry Award. Presented annually at the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, the awards recognize excellence and service in the industry and are sponsored by the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, Center for Dairy Excellence and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania. Nominations of qualified candidates are encouraged from across the industry.

“This awards program is a tremendous opportunity to give thanks to those in the industry who have distinguished themselves through their service, leadership and dedication to the industry,” said Walt Moore, PDMP president and a dairy producer from Chester County. “We encourage producers and our allied industry to carefully consider who they believe is deserving of this recognition and take the time to nominate them by November 30.”

The four awards recognized through this program include:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Winners of the awards will be recognized at the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, receive a commemorative award and will be recognized within the Dairy Hall of Fame of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. Additional recognition for the awards will be through sponsors’ media and web-based outreach efforts. Nominations for each award will be solicited from the industry, and the deadline to submit nominations will be November 30.

Nominations must include the completed application form, found under “Programs and Events,” and one letter of support outlining why the candidate is qualified to receive this award. All nominations must be received by November 30 to be considered for the current award year.

Qualified applicants will stay in the nomination pool for three years after being submitted for consideration. Nominators will be given the opportunity to update the nomination each of the two years following their original submission. Once a candidate is honored as a winner in a particular category, they or individuals representing them are not eligible to win in any other category for two subsequent years.