Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade
Special Sections Editor
For the past 20 years, the National Dairy Shrine has hosted it’s annual meeting at the World Dairy Expo. This year, the board has announced it will be re-locating the meeting to Harrisburg, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the All-American Dairy Show, Sept. 7-12.
NDS President Dale Olver, who is a dairy and animal science instructor at Penn State, looks forward to seeing the event return to Pennsylvania for 2013.
“We are excited because it will allow many NDS members an opportunity to attend the banquet and awards program who would not normally travel to Wisconsin,” Olver said.
Olver said the banquet had been hosted in Harrisburg during the 1980s; however, after receiving the invitation from the Pennsylvania Dairy and Allied Industries Association, organizers for the All-American, it made sense to join in the golden anniversary celebration.
“It will be a great time for them to honor outstanding pioneers, breeders, and students. It will provide a nice opportunity to realize some of the history and to recognize some of the great contributors of our industry while meeting future leaders,” he said.
The NDS banquet is designed to recognize leaders and pioneers of the dairy industry.
“Some of the awards include Pioneer Awards presented to leaders who have made a great impact on the dairy industry. Several awards are presented to producers and breeders. These include the Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder Award, Progressive Dairy Producer, and the Graduate Production Award,” Olver said.
These honorees will be inducted into the Dairy Hall of Fame in the National Dairy Shrine Museum located in Fort Atkinson, Wis. The museum showcases the heritage of the dairy industry and its continuous advancements while the Dairy Hall of Fame displays all Pioneer, Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder and Guest of Honor recipients.
The organization also sponsors dairy student scholarships. Olver said more than $48,000 was issued to students last year.
The banquet will be on Sept. 11 in the banquet hall at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.
The Dairy Shrine will also have a booth at the All-American so exhibitors can learn more about the organization.
The National Dairy Shrine was established in 1949 to honor past and present leaders of the dairy industry, inspire future dairy leaders, promote the dairy industry, record significant events and achievements of the dairy industry and operate a museum to display the history of the dairy industry according to their website.
Olver also said the deadlines are approaching for both their adult and scholarship awards. For copies of the applications, they can be found on the organization’s website, www.dairyshrine.org.