PA Dairy Industry Awards Now Open for Nominations

The Annual Awards Recognize Individuals Who Are Excelling in the Dairy Industry

Nominations are now open for the annual Pennsylvania Dairy Industry Award program. Each year, the awards recognize dairy producers and industry professionals who excel in leadership, service and innovation. The program includes three awards and is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Dairy Excellence.

“Most dairy producers and individuals who serve the Pennsylvania dairy industry are never looking for recognition, but the Dairy Industry Awards continue to be an exciting way to shine a light on the individuals who are making positive contributions to our industry day in and day out,” said Emily Barge, Communications and Marketing Manager at the Center for Dairy Excellence. “This is a nice way to recognize the dairy leaders you know who are providing outstanding leadership, service and innovation to the PA dairy industry.”

The industry awards are offered annually to Pennsylvania residents, and recipients will be recognized at the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit in February 2024.

Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:

  • Pennsylvania Distinguished Dairy Producer Award recognizes individual dairy producers or farm enterprises that have demonstrated superior management capabilities within their own dairy business and provide outstanding leadership and service to the dairy industry.
  • Pennsylvania Dairy Service Award recognizes an individual who has distinguished him or herself in serving the greater interest of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and 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 farm.

Visit to submit a nomination. All nominations must be received by November 17, 2023 to be considered for this year’s awards. Nominations must include the completed application form and one letter of support outlining why the candidate is qualified to receive the award.

Individuals who are nominated will be notified electronically in late November with a request for information due in December 2023. Selected award recipients will be notified by January 2024.

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

Contact Emily Barge at (717) 346-0849 or via email at with questions or to submit a nomination application.