SARE/NACAA Search for Excellence Applications Due March 15
For many dairy producers, mastitis poses significant risks to profits and herd health. Penn State Extension Educators Amber Yutzy and Greg Strait are providing producers with tools and information to combat this common infection, earning them top honors from last year's SARE/NACAA Search for Excellence award program.
Through workshops and field days held across Pennsylvania, Yutzy and Strait showed over 400 producers how to use a powerful on-farm culturing tool to make more informed treatment decisions. Farmers who adopted the tool reduced mastitis and increased profits by an average of $5,664 per farm, according to post-workshop surveys.
Because of their effective outreach, Yutzy and Strait were selected as winners in the 2014 SARE/NACAA Search for Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture program. The award is given to educational programs that advance the adoption of sustainable management practices by farmers and ranchers.
Please encourage innovative NACAA members in your state to submit a Search for Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture entry by March 15. Individuals or groups named as finalists in each of the four SARE regions receive an honorarium for presenting their innovative educational programs at the NACAA conference.