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Past NMPF YC Chairman Honored at World Dairy Expo

October 4, 2011

NMPF’s 2010 Young Cooperator (YC) Chairman Marty Burken, a dairy producer with Swiss Valley Farms cooperative, has been named the National Progressive Dairy Producer for 2011 in the large herd division. The award was announced by the National Dairy Shrine, an organization of over 18,000 members that brings together dairy producers, scientists, students, educators, marketers, and others who share a desire to preserve dairy’s heritage and keep the dairy industry strong.

Burken’s award includes a $2,000 travel stipend to attend a conference or seminar to learn new techniques to improve his dairy business. He and his wife Lisa, along with their family, operate Blue Hyll Dairy LLC, a 774-cow dairy in Clinton, IA. Burken will be recognized for his achievement at the Dairy Shrine banquet at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI on Thursday, October 6.