In addition to its reputation as an excellent hands-on learning facility, the Alfred State College Farm is now also recognized for being attractive and well-maintained after earning a “Dairy of Distinction” award.
According to its website, the Dairy of Distinction program recognizes the hard work and dedication of dairy owners and operators “who have attractive, well-kept farms and promote a good dairy industry image.”
College Farm Manager Virginia Chamberlain said, “The farm staff is delighted to see this award reinstated. We will continue to work hard to have our facilities, our livestock groups, and our robotic dairy be proud examples for Alfred State College."
Dr. Phil Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department, said, “The Alfred State College Farm is one of the most technologically advanced agricultural teaching facilities in the United States, and we are thrilled that our farm has earned this recognition.”
Alfred State Chief Financial Officer Joseph Greenthal said, “We are very proud of this accomplishment. Alfred State has worked hard to revitalize our college farm. Agriculture is our history, and we strive to make sure it has a solid foothold in our future. This recognition is vindication we are moving in the right direction.”
The Dairy of Distinction Program, according to its website, is “based on the concept that attractive farmsteads enhance consumer confidence in the dairy industry. The award also recognizes the hard work and efforts of all Northeast dairy farmers.”
All active dairy farms in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Vermont are eligible to apply for the Dairy of Distinction award, the website states. Winning farms receive a special roadside sign for their farmstead.