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National Dairy Shrine Award Apps Now Available
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/25/2016

The Wisconsin-based National Dairy Shrine is seeking nominations for its most prestigious awards. Applications are now available for the 2016 Guest of Honor, Pioneer, Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder, Progressive Dairy Producer, and Graduate Production Award.

The Guest of Honor is given to a contemporary dairy leader for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the dairy industry. Each year, three to four living or deceased Pioneers of the dairy industry are honored by NDS for their service and leadership in the dairy industry. Meanwhile, the Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder is an award which recognizes active, progressive dairy producers who, through their expertise in managing a dairy breeding herd based upon sound genetics and business principles, serve as a model of success for fellow breeders throughout the country. All these award winners' accomplishments are on permanent display in the National Dairy Hall of Fame at the National Dairy Shrine Museum in Fort Atkinson.

The Progressive Commercial Dairy Manager Grant is given to producers ages 21 to 50 who have introduced and applied effective management and business practices that help achieve more profitable dairy businesses, as well as contributing leadership to dairy organizations. A $2,000 grant for education and travel is given annually.The Graduate Dairy Production Award recognizes and assists qualified two-year and four-year agricultural college graduates efforts to pursue a career in commercial dairy farming and to gain ownership of dairy cattle with the intent of growing their dairy herd. The applicant must be employed in a herd management role on a commercial dairy when completing the award application. The winner will receive a $2,500 award.

Nominations or applications must be submitted on official forms by March 15. For more information, go to: www.dairyshrine.org.

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