Organic Valley presented several dairy awards at the cooperative’s annual meeting, April 2, in La Crosse, Wis.
“Cream of the CROPP” Awards were given to the dairy farm with the best milk quality in each of Organic Valley’s six quality regions:
Northeast: Meyer Family, North Hardwick Dairy, Hardwick, Vt.
Mideast: David VanderZanden, Casnovia, Mich.
North Central: Nevin, Laura and Ammon Martin, Memphis, Mo.
Wisconsin: Kevin and Mary Jahnke, Jahnke Family Farm, Lancaster, Wis.
West: William and Laura McMahan, Cowlitz Meadows Dairy, Inc. #1, Randle, Wash
South: Amos Stoltzfus, Cadiz, Ky.
Sharon and Doug Sinko, Myrtle Point, Ore., received Organic Valley’s Ray Hass Organic Pioneer Award. The Sinkos stewarded 360 acres of land in the foothills of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains and tended to their herd of Jersey and Holstein cows.
The Sinkos have long been advocates for organic agriculture. Sharon was the secretary of the Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA), the editor of WODPA’s newsletter, and the organizer of its annual conference. Doug was Organic Valley’s western regional farmer-member coordinator for six years, during which he and Sharon traveled all over the western half of the United States to visit member farms and to recruit new farmers to the cooperative.
The Ray Hass Organic Pioneer Award is an annual memorial award given to an individual who is a pioneer in the organic movement and in the cooperative. The award is named after Ray Hass, a founding member of Organic Valley and one of the very first organic dairy farmers in the United States.
Melissa Collman, a fourth-generation dairy farmer from Clackamas County, Ore., received one of three Generation Organic™ (Gen-O) Awards. Melissa and her husband, Andy, work in partnership with Melissa’s father and mother, Organic Valley farmer-owners Gary and Connie Moore. Gen-O Award winners are awarded $1,000 to further their farm development or leadership. Visit ov.coop/geno.
DMN: Organic butter in short supply
Organic butter supplies are reported to be tightening, according to the latest Dairy Market News. Manufacturers have recently told a number of longtime customers who buy bulk organic butter for manufacturing and baking that they cannot be supplied at this time. Butter manufactured in Wisconsin and Iowa has been mentioned as now in short supply. Some of that butter until recently was shipped to Atlanta by the pallet for baking, for example, and shipments have now stopped.