Dairy Farmers of America’s (DFA) Members of Distinction program honors members who embody the Cooperative’s core values and excel on their operations, in their communities and in the industry. Each year, one member farm from each of DFA’s seven regional Areas is honored during the Annual Banquet at DFA’s Annual Meeting. The 2018 Southeast Area Members of Distinction are:
van Dieden Family, Van Dieden Dairy – Winnsboro, Texas
For Arne and Ingrid van Dieden, moving from their home in the Netherlands to Winnsboro, Texas, offered a chance to expand their family and their business. Today, the couple milks 700 cows, along with their four children: Anthony, Emma, Lisa and Niels. With cow care and environmental stewardship as key priorities, the family built a pack barn, including fans and a sprinkler system, to help keep their cows cool and comfortable. The van Diedens credit these investments with helping them produce high-quality milk, which they’re proud to provide to their local school district.
Watch the following video to find out more about the family's farm: