Nominations now open for the Dairy Farm Sustainability Award

OTTAWA, Dec. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) invites farmers to participate again to the Dairy Farm Sustainability Award. Nominations are now open. For the second year in a row, the Award aims to recognize actions taken by dairy farmers across Canada who produce milk in a highly sustainable way.

"Last year, we were proud to recognize four exceptional dairy farm families," said Wally Smith, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada. "Their efforts and contributions to sustainable dairy farming are innovative and go beyond industry standards. We hope to see more outstanding submissions this year that show how farmers work to reduce their environmental footprint!"

The Dairy Farm Sustainability Award recognizes Canadian dairy farmers that have adopted practices that are environmentally sustainable and financially viable. The practices must also bring social benefits Canadians and must be easily replicated 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 to submit their own candidacy, or that of a fellow dairy farmer, on or before March 1st, 2013. To be eligible, nominees must have an up-to-date environmental farm plan (developed under provincial programs) and hold dairy quota.

There will be four finalists, and one Laureate will be selected among these four. The Laureate will receive a prize of $2,000, a trophy and a trip to receive the Award in person at Dairy Farmers of Canada's 2013 annual general meeting in Toronto. The three other finalists will each receive a prize of $1,000.

Rules, information on the judging and nomination forms are available on dairyfarmers.ca.

SOURCE: DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA (CORPORATE)

For further information:

Thérèse Beaulieu
Assistant Director, Strategic Communications
Tel: (613) 236-9997 x 2751