The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, Center for Dairy Excellence and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania joined together to recognize four individuals at the 2016 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit through an industry-wide awards program that showcases leadership, stewardship, and excellence in Pennsylvania’s dairy industry. This year marks the first time these three organizations have joined together to present these awards.
Award winners included:
Pennsylvania Distinguished Dairy Producer — Wayne Harpster, Evergreen Farms, Spruce Creek, Pa. Described as a devoted conservationist, forward thinking leader, and a perfectionist about water quality and soil preservation, Wayne started farming after serving in the US Navy. Today, the farm milks 3,000 cows and farms 6,500 acres, employing 85 people.
Pennsylvania Distinguished Dairy Woman — Patricia Purcell, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, Nottingham, Pa, , who has dedicated more than 25 years of her professional career to serving dairy farmers throughout Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region through her work in dairy promotion. Among the many successes Purcell has overseen as CEO are the New Look of School Milk and the Fuel Up to Play 60 programs.
Pennsylvania Dairy Service Award — Dr. Terry Etherton, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. Etherton has been a champion for the dairy industry within the university as Department Head for Animal Science. He has been instrumental in maintaining a “full service” Animal Science Department, one of only a handful across the U.S. that still provides teaching, research, and extension across all species of animals. Beyond the university, he has also been a nationally and internationally recognized for his ability to infuse good scientific information into often emotionally-charged debates.
Pennsylvania Dairy Innovation Award — Bradley Biehl, Corner View Farm and AMS Galaxy USA, Kutztown, Pa. Biehl is an accomplished engineer and business leader who is interested in developing dairy technology that will allow dairy families to operate in a sustainable manner in the future. Through a partnership with AMS Galaxy USA, Biehl has developed a Technical Service Center on his family’s home farm, Corner View Farm. The Technical Service Center incorporates classroom training, hands-on equipment training, and on-farm training with real cows.