WASHINGTON — The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is seeking nominations for three top awards presented annually to leaders in the dairy industry. Nominations open today and will close on Friday, Oct. 29. Winners will be announced and recognized at Dairy Forum 2022 in Palm Desert, Calif. Nominations are now open for the following awards: the IDFA Laureate Award, the 2022 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award, and the IDFA Food Safety Leadership Award.


The IDFA Laureate Award 

The third annual IDFA Laureate Award will be given to an outstanding leader in the dairy industry who has made significant, prolonged contributions to the development and growth of the dairy industry. Candidates from all segments of the dairy industry – milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt and cultured products, ingredients – as well as suppliers and academia are eligible for the award. The awardee will be chosen by a panel of industry professionals based on the nominee’s overall career achievements.


2022 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

The twenty-fourth annual Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year award is co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management magazine. IDFA and Dairy Herd Management seek nominations of active U.S. dairy farms that have embraced innovation and technology, as well as industry collaboration and partnerships, to achieve greater productivity and growth. Nominees will be judged on current methods as well as their positioning to meet future economic and business challenges.


Food Safety Leadership Award – An Individual 

IDFA is seeking nominations of individuals for its 2022 Food Safety Leadership Award to be presented during Dairy Forum 2022. The award, now in its sixth year, will honor an individual from our membership who has demonstrated outstanding leadership toward enhancing food safety within the dairy products industry. The award alternates between honoring companies or groups in odd years and individuals in even years.

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