Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has opened nominations for its new Dairy Farm Sustainability Award. This new award aims to recognize actions taken by dairy farmers across Canada who produce milk in a sustainable way.
The award for Canadian Dairy Farm Sustainability will recognize Canadian dairy farmers who have adopted practices that are environmentally sustainable, financially viable, bring social benefits and can be reproduced on other farms. Candidates must demonstrate respect for the environment overall, and can showcase projects that show wise management of natural resources, conservation practices, efficient use of energy and/or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
DFC invites dairy farmers can nominate themselves or a fellow farmer before January 31, 2012. An up-to-date environmental farm plan (developed under provincial programs) and holding quota are two prerequisites.
One finalist will be selected from each of the four regions of Canada: the western provinces, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. The overall winner will receive a prize of $2,000, a trophy and a trip to receive the award in person at Dairy Farmer of Canada s 2012 annual general meeting in St. John s, N.L. The three runner-up finalists will each receive a prize of $1,000.
Rules, information on the judging and nomination forms are available at dairyfarmers.ca.