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Established in 1983, the Northeast Dairy Farm Beautification Program recognizes the hard work and dedication of dairy owner / operators who have attractive, well-kept farms and promote a good dairy industry image. All active dairy farms in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Vermont are eligible to apply for the Dairy of Distinction award. Winning farms receive the special Dairy of Distinction roadside sign for their farmstead.

The Dairy of Distinction Program is based on the concept that attractive farmsteads enhance consumer confidence in the dairy industry. The award also recognizes the hard work and efforts of all Northeast dairy farmers. “This grassroots recognition has been the key to the program,” said William Underwood, New York’s first president and farmer from Tully, NY. “This is one way dairy farmers can directly promote their industry”. Honoring these farmers say’s ‘thank you’, and by promoting this program we can encourage other farmers to do the same.

To apply for the award, an application must be submitted to the secretary for your state by April 15th. Roadside farm judging takes place in May and is based on the condition of the farm and livestock.  Applicants in Pennsylvania must list the name of the dairy cooperative or milk handler where the milk is shipped. The milk handler will be contacted to approve the quality of the milk during the previous 12 months. 
Farms that are awarded the Dairy of Distinction honor are notified in late May or June.  Winners are re-judged every year to ensure they maintain the high standards of the award.

Select the state tab above to view past New York and Pennsylvania Dairy of Distinction Winner.


To apply for the Dairy of Distinction award select/highlight the "Home" tab to display

the "Application"option or click this link "Application". 

 If you need more information please contact your State Secretary  listed below:

State Secretaries


Laurie Savage
Maryland Dairy Industry Association
23301 Mount Ephraim Road
Dickerson, MD 20842

New Jersey

Joy Ricker
91 Beemer Rd
Sussex, NJ 07461
(973) 875-4803


Ashley Hoover

601 Carroll Road

Patton, PA 16668


Louise Waterman
Vermont Agency of Agriculture
16 State St.
Montpelier, VT 05620-2901
(802) 828-

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