Dairy Producer of the Year is Dave Forgey
Each year, Indiana Professional Dairy Producers recognizes dairy producers that have positively impacted the dairy industry in Indiana over and above their immediate dairy operations. The 2010 Indiana Dairy Producer of the Year is Dave Forgey of Logansport.
|Dave and his wife Helen, along with partners Scott and Darla Foerg, milk around 300 cows on a pasture-based seasonal dairy farm. Dave is certainly no stranger to the Indiana dairy industry. Having been born and raised on a dairy farm, Dave moved into a partnership and eventually took over his home dairy. In 1991, Dave moved to pasture-based dairy production. He has worked hard not only to make that system work very well at his home farm, but to help others make the switch. He authored a dairy column for Hoards Dairyman magazine, Graze magazine and other publications. Dave has also used the innovative share milker arrangement to allow Scott and Darla Foerg, former employees, to become partners in Riverview dairy. Their story was recently featured as the cover story in Hay and Forage Magazine.||
Dave and Helen Forgey of Logansport
Having dedicated partners has allowed Dave to practice his leadership skills. Dave was one of the first to volunteer to assist in the establishment of Indiana Professional Dairy Producers, and he served as its first secretary, putting in countless hours toward IPDP development. Currently, Dave is on the IPDP board and serves as the dairy industry representative to the Indiana Beef Cattle Association. He serves on the Steering Committee of The National Grazing Lands Conservaton Initiative and Milk Promotion Services of Indiana board, and he has served on the Foremost Farms USA and Mideast Milk Marketing Agency boards. Dave is actively involved in Beacon Credit Union, his bank’s governing body. Dave is truly a visionary dairy producer and has a passion for moving the Indiana dairy industry forward by embracing innovation and technology, as well as leadership, integrity and stewardship.