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Milk co-op honors six local farms for quality production

December 09, 2004

Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative honored several local dairy farmers with quality producer awards at the cooperative's district meeting in Hagerstown on Nov. 30.

They earned the honor by consistently achieving specific milk quality standards for all 12 months from July 2003 to June 2004, or at least 11 of those months.

"Maryland & Virginia has a tradition of providing processors and consumers alike with high quality milk and we could not do that without the support and dedication of all our quality producers. Milk quality starts at the farm level and we are pleased to recognize the efforts of farmers who do their utmost to produce the best possible product," said Grant Gayman, Maryland & Virginia's member services manager.

Awarded 12-month quality awards are:

  • Ralph and Teresa Shank, and Mary Shank Creek, of Hagerstown

  • Michael and Christine Forsythe, of Hagerstown

  • Henry and Darlene Diller, of Hagerstown



Those receiving 11-month quality honors include:

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  • David and Betsy Herbst, of Smithsburg

  • Mary, Billy, Kristy, Arnold and Tyler Murphy, of MWA Farm Corporation, of Sharpsburg

  • Ezra and Rosanne Horst, of Hagerstown



"Milk quality starts at the farm level and we are pleased to recognize the efforts of farmers who do their utmost to produce the best possible product," said Grant Gayman, Maryland & Virginia's member services manager.

Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers is a milk marketing and processing cooperative that represents nearly 1,500 dairy farmer-owners in 11 states from Pennsylvania to Alabama.

The cooperative includes two fluid processing plants: Marva Maid in Newport News, Va., and Maola Milk and Ice Cream in New Bern, N.C.; manufacturing plants in Laurel, Md., and Strasburg, Va.; and an equipment and farm supply business in Frederick, Md.

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