The Illinois Milk Producers Association (IMPA) is accepting nominations of individuals to be considered for formal recognition as part of its 2021 recognition awards.

Anyone may submit nominations for the Dairy Industry Service Award and Sustainability Award online, Illinoismilk.org/events, through Sept. 30.

The Dairy Industry Service Award recognizes an Illinois individual who has shown exemplary service and benefit to the state’s dairy industry.

The nominee may be engaged in milk or milk product production, marketing, education, research, promotion, regulation, allied service or any service of genuine merit and benefit to the industry. Leanne Casner of Montgomery County won the award in 2020.

The Sustainability Award recognizes a dairy farm or dairy farmer who has made outstanding contributions toward innovative technologies and best management practices to improve environmental stewardship and economic viability. Kilgus Farmstead in Livingston County received the award last year.

All nominations will be considered by the members of the IMPA Committee, with final awards determinations made by the IMPA board of directors in November.

Membership in a dairy organization is not required. This year’s winners of the annual awards will be honored at the 2021 November IMPA board meeting.

Those with additional questions may contact IMPA by calling 309-557-3703 or email contact@illinoismilk.org.

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