2017 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year: Fairmont Farm, East Montpelier

Fairmont Farm stood out among this year's nominees for its efficiently managed herd, sustainable conservation practices and early adoption of new technology. It also was recognized for its commitment to educating the public about agriculture through farm tours, 4-H and summer day camps for kids.

Across the Fence Video:
 

 About the 2017 Award | Photos and Info about the Fairmont Farm

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2016 Winner: Lanphear Farm

Lanphear Farm, Hyde Park

The Lanphear Family Farm, a 530-cow Holstein dairy in Hyde Park, embodies all that a topnotch dairy operation should including a well-managed herd, high quality milk production, efficient management and strong work ethics. Owners Kirk and Katrina Lanphear pay meticulous attention to detail when it comes to their herd and daily operation of the farm. But they also are deeply committed to family, not only managing the farm to allow time for family activities but making decisions to ensure that their agricultural enterprise remains sustainable and affordable for the next generation. About the 2016 Award | Photos and Info about Lanphear Farm (PDF)

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2015 Winner: Keewaydin Farm

Keewaydin Farm

2014 Winner: Dolloff Acres

Dolloff Acres

Dolloff Acres, Springfield

Photos and Info about Dolloff Acres (PDF)

All Winners Since 1948

Vermont Dairyman of the Year Winners, 1977-2017

2017 Fairmont Farm
2016 Lanphear Farm
2015 Keewaydin Farm
2014 Dolloff Acres
2013 The Gervais Family Farm (Bob and Gisele Gervais)
2012 Chaput Family Farms (Mike and Reg Chaput)    
2011 The Kimball Brook Farm (JD and Cheryl DeVos )
2010 The Longway Farm (Dickie, Julie, Travis and Adam)
2009 The Richardson Family Farm (Gordon, Scott, Amy, and Reid)
2008 Brian and Bill Rowell
2007 HJ & Anne Howrigan & Sons (Lawrence, K. Michael & Harold Jr.)
2006 Two River Farm – The McNall’s      
2005 Keith & Chelsea Sprague
2004 Jacques Couture
2003 Walter & Margaret Gladstone
2002 Maurice & Lois Maxwell & Sons
2001 Onan & Lorenzo Whitcomb
2000 Ray & Linda VanderWey & Sons
1999 Dean, Tim, & Jay Hamilton
1998 Mark & Mike Lourie
1997 Roger & Claire Rainville
1996 Ted Young & Mark Rodgers
1995 Fred & Sandy Stone
1994 Robert & Gail Ketchum
1993 Walter Bothfeld & Sons
1992 John & Gail Osha
1991 Claude & Gail Lapierre
1990 John Malcolm
1989 Austin Cleaves
1988 David & Janet Russell
1987 Walter & Sally, Miles & Maria Goodrich
1986 John & Donna Hall
1985 Timothy Leach
1984 Robert & Bettelee Crawford
1983 Dustin White
1982 Elwin Neill & Son
1981 Robert & Arthur Vasseur
1980 Magloire Audet
1979 Roland T. Simmons
1978 Mr. & Mrs. Charles McLane
1977 Bernard & Herbert Spencer

Bicentennial Dairy Farms, 1976 **

Roger & Mae Leach
Ed & Joan Lewis
Arthur Ranney Farm
Harold & Vera Nelson
Merrill & Felicia McLaren

Vermont Dairyman of the Year Winners, 1962-1996

1975 Gordon J. Booth
1974 Leonard Germain
1973 Alfred E. Dunklee
1972 Delwin Lewis
1971 Mrs. Ransom Conant
1970 Marcel Dubois
1969 Paul E. Miller
1968 Arthur Clifford
1967 Lloyd Patterson
1966 Harry Durgin
1965 William Strohmaier & Sons
1964 Edmond Vercherreau *
1963 Percy Martin *
1962 Henry Buxton *

Vermont Green Pastures Winners, 1948 – 1961

1961 Kenneth Hallock
1960 John D. Ware *
1959 L.E. Maxfield & Sons
1958 Donald E. Lewis
1957 Bushey Brothers
1956 David Batchelder
1955 Orin Thomas *
1954 Robert R. Kilborn
1953 Harlow Brothers
1952 Persus Monteith *
1951 Francis E. Plumb *
1950 Melvin R. Moulton
1949 Elmer & Roderick Towne
1948 Douglas B. Kitchel

* Deceased
** VT Farms owned & operated by the same family for 200 consecutive years

 

 

About the Dairy Farm of the Year

It all began in 1947 with the following, “I challenge the other New England States to produce better pastures than New Hampshire and I bet a hat that they can’t do it”. That was the beginning of what turned out to be one of the most successful regional programs in New England when Governor Charles Dale, then Governor of New Hampshire, challenged the other New England States to produce better pastures. This challenge by the New Hampshire Governor to his fellow New England Governors started a tradition which has involved hundreds of dedicated farmers, farm families and agri-business leaders over more than 30 years.

As the New England dairy industry has changed over the years, so have the objectives of the New England Green Pastures program. It has evolved from one of promoting pastures and forage management to its present objective of honoring an outstanding dairy family from each of the six New England States for total management (both production and financial) of the operating farm, considering the farm family’s contribution to the agricultural community.

Originally, each of the six New England Governors made the presentation to the outstanding dairyman in the individual states. Today, this function is carried out by the Commissioners of Agriculture. Except for the “Governors’ Trophies”, paid for by the Governors, New England dairy farmers and agri-businesses have contributed the entire budgets on which the New England Green Pastures program has operated over these many years.

The New England Green Pastures program continues to emphasize the importance of a viable dairy industry in New England. Three activities are supported by a very modest budget. First, the program honors the “Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year” from each of the six New England states; this includes a trip to Eastern States Exposition where a banquet and evening program center around these outstanding farm families. Second, through the “Salute to Agriculture”, the New England dairy story is told to the largest assembled group of consumers in New England – namely, at the “Big E”. Finally, with the help of the Green Pastures program, prominent teachers and research personnel are brought to New England to conduct special in-service training sessions for Extension, agri-business and dairy leaders on problems facing the dairy industry.

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Contact

Tony Kitsos

Dairy Farm of the Year Coordinator
Anthony.Kitsos@uvm.edu 
(800) 639-2130 or (802) 524-6501

Peggy Manahan

Program Administrative Assistant
Peggy.Manahan@uvm.edu 
(800) 639-2130 or (802) 524-6501