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National Dairy Shrine to Honor Dr. Bob Cropp with Pioneer Award
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/29/2013

A professor emeritus with the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been selected as the National Dairy Shrine's 2013 Guest of Honor. Dr. Robert Cropp will be recognized during a special banquet this fall for his monitoring of dairy supplies and reporting dairy marketing facts to the industry.

The Guest of Honor, which is the highest award from the NDS, goes to an individual that has had a dramatic impact on the dairy industry and its future. Dr. Cropp has had a preeminent role in creating industry knowledge on the economic impact of various changes in milk pricing and how the marketing and storage of dairy products has on those pricing mechanisms, according to NDS Director Dr. David Selner.

"He was one of the true pioneers in the area of milk marketing and dairy economic analysis," Selner said. "Dr. Cropp has been a featured speaker and contributor to numerous dairy organizations. He has served as a vital resource to numerous state and federal agencies focused on dairy policy."

Meanwhile, the organization will also be honoring Clarence Olson of Madison as one of its Pioneer award recipients. Olson served as an extension educator, was very instrumental in developing the DHIA program in Wisconsin and making numerous improvements in DHIA technology and policy. His schools for farm women started an industry trend to include women as working decision makers on every dairy farm. Others receiving the Pioneer award include William Bickert, Michigan; Maurice Keene, Maine; Robert Heilman, Virginia; and R. Peter Heffering, Ontario, Canada.

One of the NDS Progressive Dairy Producers selected this year for the small herd division is Bill & Kelle Calvert of Cuba City. This award includes a $2,000 travel stipend to attend an out of state conference or seminar to learn new techniques to improve their dairy business. The Calverts have an excellent herd of Holsteins. Both have had leadership positions in state and county breed associations. In addition they have been very active in dairy youth activities receiving the Wisconsin Holstein Friend of Youth Honor in 2004. Dana Metzger of Multi-Rose Jerseys in Rock Rapids, Iowa, earns the large herd Dairy Producer Award.

And the NDS Distinguished Dairy Cattle breeder is Berneta Gable from New Enterprise, Pennsylvania.

The annual National Dairy Shrine awards banquet will be held on September 11 during the 50th Anniversary All American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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