MSU Dairy Farmer of the Year

The MSU Department of Animal Science has been recognizing outstanding Michigan dairy farmers since 1958, and the MSU Dairy Farmer of the Year Award is the highest honor bestowed by the department. The Department selects a person or persons (dairy farmer) who has exhibited outstanding (1) management of their dairy farm business and (2) leadership in the Michigan dairy industry from a pool of nominees.

2017 Dairy Farmers of the Year: Jim and Jack Winkel

Winkel Dairy LLC: Jim and Jack Winkel

Read more about the Winkels in the MSU Extension Dairy Farmer of the Year article.

Nominations for Dairy Farmer of the Year are closed. Check back in the fall for the 2018 nomination call. Nomination instructions and guidelines are contained in the nomination form. 

Past Recipients

2016 - Hank Choate

2015 - Mike Rasmussen

2014 - Geert and Gertie van den Goor

2013 - Bruce and Jennifer Lewis

2012 - James Reid

2011 - The Crandalls - Larry, Gloria, Brad, Monica, Mark and Sara

2010 - Earl and Diane Horning

2009 - Terry and Jean Nugent

2008 - Tom and Deanna Stamp, Linwood and Elizabeth Dale

2007 - Harold Cnossen

2006 - Ken & Larry Nobis

1999 - Jack Laurie

1998 - Larry Haywood

1997 - Wayne Haverdink

1996 - Harold and Lillian Gremel

1995 - Theron VanRee

1994 - J & L Farm - Doug Chapin & Lyle Ball

1993 - Harold, Wayne & Randy Wood

1992 - Ken Gasper

1991 - Remus Riggs

1990 - Roger Wolf

1989 - Carlos & Doug Long

1988 - Dick Gilna

1987 - Jim Fish

1986 - Elwood Kirkpatrick

1985 - Jerry Good

1984 - Jerry Surbrook

1983 - Bill Oswalt

1992 - Frank Lipinski

1981 - John Kronmeyer

1980 - Merle, Duane & Velmar Green

1979 - Paul Piepkow

1978 - Keith Brown

1977 - Fred Halbert

1976 - Wes Myllya

1975 - Walt Frahm

1974 - Eugene Erskine

1973 - Henry Gleason

1972 - Frank Merriman

1971 - Jack Dendel

1970 - Harold Blaylock

1969 - Charles Davis

1868 - Charles Donaldson

1967 - Harold Heisner

1966 - Frank Heim

1965 - Glenn Lake

1964 - Cyril Spike

1963 - Elton Smith

1962 - Ed Wright

1961 - F.W. Rules

1960 - D.F. Foster

1959 - Burton Knapp

1958 - Robin Carr