**First Place Winners David and Tina Houde
May 2, 2022 | Montpelier, VT - The Vermont Dairy Industry Association (VDIA), in partnership with the A. Pizzagalli Family Farm Fund, is pleased to announce the 2021 Vermont Milk Quality Awards. The awards recognize the dairy farmers who produced Vermont's best quality milk in 2021.
The awards were presented to:
1st - David Houde – St. Johnsbury, VT - $2500
2nd - Steven and Leslie Brown - East Burke, VT - $1500
3rd - Howmars Farm |The Gates Family- Franklin, VT - $1000
“The VDIA loves to promote the excellent work of our Vermont dairy farmers. The results of their hard work and dedication can be seen on the landscape throughout our state and in the wonderful dairy products produced with their milk in the state and the region.” said VDIA board member Amy Maxham “Vermont dairy farmers work hard year-round to produce top quality milk and it is our privilege to recognize 3 Vermont farms for their exceptionally high quality. This level of quality is the result of year-round attention to detail, hard work and persistence. “
The A. Pizzagalli Family Farm Fund will provide a $5K grant to support the VDIA “Milk Quality Award” program. The grants are designed to encourage professionalism and quality in the industry and recognize dairy farmers for their daily hard work for Vermont. For many years, Angelo Pizzagalli has supported Vermont’s working landscape and its farmers, recognizing the importance of this segment of Vermont’s economy and shared heritage.
“Vermont’s farmers are focused on quality. We congratulate these award-winning farmers who are committed to excellence,” Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts said. “We are thankful to the Angelo Pizzagalli Family and the Vermont Community Foundation for their on-going support of our dairy farmers. It’s making a difference for our hard-working farm families in Vermont.”
The Vermont Dairy Industry Association works for the mutual benefit of its members, dairy farm families, and the dairy industry; while encouraging and promoting close cooperation with educational institutions and other agencies concerned with the dairy industry. It also provides educational opportunities, facilitates networking, supports youth activities in dairy and recognizes excellence in the dairy industry. The milk of all nominees has met strict quality criteria.
CONTACTS: Vermont Dairy Industry Association
Andy Wood | email@example.com
A. Pizzagalli Family Farm Fund
Ruth Henry | Vermont Community Foundation | firstname.lastname@example.org