Dairy Farmers of America’s Members of Distinction program honors members who embody the Cooperative’s core values, excelling on their operations, in their communities and in the
industry. Each year, one member farm from each of DFA’s seven regional Areas is honored during the Annual Banquet at DFA’s Annual Meeting. The 2014 Members of Distinction are:
Sharpe Family, Heartland Dairy — La Belle, Mo.
Most of the 130 employees on Charles Sharpe’s Heartland Dairy have never been on a dairy
before arriving at Heartland. Located in Heartland Community, a Christian community for people battling drug and alcohol addiction, the dairy serves as a first step rehabilitation center for men going through the community’s rehabilitation program. Charles and general manager Chris Powell attribute the 4,000-cow dairy farm’s success to their focus on cow comfort and the commitment of their employees.
Cromer Family, Sieg Dairy — Ridgeway, Ohio
Amanda Cromer is the fourth generation to operate her family’s dairy in Ridgeway, Ohio.
Following her father’s passing in 2009, she and her husband, Nate, took over the dairy’s daily
responsibilities. By working with their children, Meadow, Callie and John, and Amanda’s brother, Dave, they continue to improve the quality of their 100-cow herd. The Cromers also credit much of their success to the family’s ability to work together as a team.