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DBA Advocate of the Year

Annually, the Dairy Business Association is honored to recognize one of its outstanding farmer members as our DBA Advocate of the Year. This person exemplifies many of the qualifications listed below:
  • A DBA member in good standing (non-board member)
  • Active dairy farmer
  • Committed to sharing the real and positive message of dairy with today’s customers
  • Actively involved in other organizations, while also assuming leadership roles
  • Engages customers in farm tours and visits
  • Promotes the dairy community and farm through the use of social media
  • Develops opportunities to foster positive relationships with neighbors
  • Committed to standing up for the dairy community on a local and state-wide level

Nominations are due early November and the winner is announced at the Dairy Strong conference in January.

Meet the 2018 Advocate of the Year


Check out Sandy's involvement:

Sandy Larson is active in dairy promotion organizations, including the county Ag Business Council and the creation of an Ag Ambassador Program, the dairy breakfast committee and local dairy promotion council. Along with her three children, she is also involved in local and county 4-H programs. Larson serves as a dairy project leader and helped host the first fitting and showing clinic for dairy project members.

Past winners:
2018 – Sandy Larson (Larson Acres)
2017 – Jeff Endres (Endres Berryridge Farms LLC)
2016 – Julie Maurer (Soaring Eagle Dairy)
2015 – Katie Grinstead (Vir-Clar Farms)
2013 – Daphne Holterman (Rosy-Lane Holsteins, LLC)
2012 – Jim Mlsna (Ocooch Dairy)
2011 – Dr. Don Niles (Dairy Dreams)
2010 – Crave Brothers Farms (Communicator) and Larson Acres (Leadership Award)
2009 – John Oncken
2008 – CALS Dean Molly Jahn
2005 – Terri Abing (Majestic View Dairy
2004 – Mark Diederichs (Lake Breeze Dairy)
2003 – Ed Larson (Larson Acres)

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