National Dairy Event Has Local Flavor

6/15/2013 7:00 AM

Md. Couple Chairs Dairy Shrine Banquet

Laurie Savage

Maryland Correspondent

FULTON, Md. — The National Dairy Shrine will host a national event in Harrisburg, Pa., this fall, and organizers hope area dairy farmers and industry people turn out to support the organization’s efforts.

“Come support the anniversary of your neighbors and also see Maryland friends,” said Judy Iager of Maple Lawn Farm, who is chairing the National Dairy Shrine Banquet with her husband, Charles.

Dairy Shrine activities are set for Wednesday, Sept. 11, in conjunction with the 50th All-American Dairy Show, Sept. 7-12, in Harrisburg, Pa.

The National Dairy Shrine Annual Meeting kicks off at 4 p.m. in the Farm Show Complex’s Commonwealth Room, followed by the National Dairy Shrine Reception at 5:30 p.m. and the National Dairy Shrine Banquet at 6:30 p.m., both in the PA Preferred Banquet Hall.

Executive Director David Selner asked for assistance with the event. The banquet, typically held during World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., was moved a distance away from the NDS office this year, Iager said.

“Many years ago, I was on the banquet committee,” Iager said. She is working to keep in touch with Selner through the process. Other Marylanders involved in the dairy industry are assisting with the effort.

The local volunteers are also involved with the Maryland Dairy Shrine, an active state organization that gathers for a banquet once a year to honor local Pioneer and Contemporary inductees and present scholarships.

The national event was held locally in Harrisburg for the 25th anniversary of the AADS and was also held once in Florida, Iager said.

The dairywoman is hoping to attract 400 to 500 people to this year’s event held in a large space at the Farm Show Complex.

“We have plenty of room,” she said.

To make the evening more special, the Iagers are donating a favor for each banquet attendee, an engraved LED keychain, as a memento of the evening.

They are building on mirrored candle centerpieces by adding dairy-related touches, including Pennsylvania milk bottles and various bottle caps.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of awards honoring dairy producers and supporters and tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships.

The Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder is Berneta Gable of New Enterprise, Pa. Dr. Robert Cropp, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be the Guest of Honor. Cropp had a preeminent role in creating industry knowledge on the economic impact of various changes in milk pricing and how the marketing and storage of dairy products affects those pricing mechanisms.

Pioneer award winners this year are William Bickert of Dewitt, Mich.; Clarence Olson of Madison, Wis.; Maurice Keene of Auburn, Maine; Robert Heilman of Richmond, Va.; and R. Peter Heffering of Port Perry, Ontario, Canada.

Progressive Dairy Producers are Bill and Kelle Calvert of Cuba City, Wis., in the small herd division and Dana Metzger of Rock Rapids, Iowa, in the large herd division. Ryan Clark, Tyrone, Pa., was selected as the Graduate Dairy Production Award winner.

Registration can be done early, or tickets can be purchased at the door, Iager said. Registration details will be available in the Chronicle newsletter and the NDS website at Tickets can also be purchased at For more information, call Charles or Judy Iager at 301-725-6751.

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