Adam Wiles is recipient of Velmar Green Endowed Scholarship from the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation for 2018-19

MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology graduate set to pursue dairy career

Adam Wiles received the Velmar Green Endowed Scholarship

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Adam Wiles, of Middleton, Mich., was selected as the 2018-19 recipient of the Velmar Green Scholarship through the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (MDMSF) at Michigan State University (MSU). He received the award on the basis of his academic achievements, involvement in extracurricular activities, and interest in the dairy industry.

Wiles completed his dairy management certificate through the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology in December 2018 and is employed at Swisslane Dairy.  One day he plans to return to his family’s dairy operation, Wiles Dairy Farm. Wiles is particularly interested in dairy reproduction, robotic milking equipment, and dairy cow nutrition.

“My interest in the dairy industry is very strong,” Wiles said. “I have been involved on the farm my entire life, and it has taught me many valuable life lessons.”

The $4,000 scholarship, named in honor of innovative dairy leader C. Velmar Green of Elsie, is awarded annually to a second-year student in the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology dairy management certificate program. The Velmar Green Scholarship was established in 2009 by the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) to recognize Green for his 40 years of service to the MMPA board of directors. Green owns Green Meadow Dairy Farms, Inc., one of the largest herds of registered Holsteins in North America and home to an on-site teaching laboratory for MSU College of Veterinary Medicine students. He has held leadership positions with milk marketing groups, breed associations, the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA), the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association, university advisory groups, and agricultural lending organizations. Green was the 2012-13 chairperson of the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and recognized by the World Dairy Expo as the Dairyman of the Year in 2013.

The Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation awarded $100,000 in scholarships to 25 MSU students pursuing dairy industry-related programs of study for the 2018-19 academic year.

For information about making contributions to honor members of the dairy industry or to support student scholarships, please contact the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources External Relations at 517-355-0284. To learn more about the MDMSF, contact Dr. Miriam Weber Nielsen in the MSU Department of Animal Science at 517-432-5443.

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