• Minnesota Select Sires (6601 Gregory Park Rd, St. Cloud, MN 56301) – Bus loads at 8:15 a.m. and returns around 8:20 p.m. Please park in the back lot.
Southeastern MN Bus:
• AgStar Financial Services (7540 Airport View Rd, Rochester, MN 55903) – Bus loads at 7:30 a.m. and returns around 8:45 p.m. Please park north or northwest of the building.
• DFA (1313 North Star Drive, Zumbrota, MN 55992) – Bus loads at 8:15 a.m. and returns around 8 p.m. Please park in the southern part of the lot.
To view more details about the event, visit www.mnmilk.org/dairyday.
Michigan dairy farmers honored
A trio of outstanding Michigan dairy farmers have been honored by Michigan State University, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) and a national-level organization for young farmers.
Scott and Ali Ferry — National Outstanding Young Farmers
Litchfield-area farmers Scott and Ali Ferry were among the winners at the 58th annual National Outstanding Young Farmers (NOYF) Awards Congress in Rapid City, S.D. National winners were selected from a group of finalists based on their agricultural progress, conservation practices and contributions to the well-being of the community, state and nation.
Five years ago Scott Ferry left his mortgage banking career and returned home to become the family dairy farm's fourth-generation owner, managing employees, finances, crops and cows. He and his wife Ali improved the efficiency of the operation and have grown their acreage, their herd size and their own family, now raising two-year-old Amelia on the farm.
No-till soil conservation practices, crop rotation, buffer strips and soil and manure testing prior to field spreading have all helped conserve water and nutrients on the farm. Participation in conservation programs and an energy audit ensure the farm is practicing good stewardship.
Members of the Hillsdale County Farm Bureau, the Ferrys have embraced their collective passion for agricultural advocacy and outreach. Tapped as exceptional dairy spokespeople by UDIM, Scott and Ali regularly reach out to consumers, hosting farm tours and giving career day presentations. Scott leads the local milk producers' association, is president of the MSU Extension and AgBio Research State Council and president of the Rotary Club. Ali is a volleyball coach, member of the county ag council and documents the farm's activities on a popular Facebook page.
Annie Link — Excellence in Dairy Promotion