Dueppengiesser Dairy Farm Wins State AEM Award

Posted Aug 9, 17 in Awards

August 09, 2017

State Agriculture Commissioner Congratulates Wyoming County Farm as Recipient of the 2017 Agricultural Environmental Management Award
Third Generation Farm Honored for Environmental Stewardship Efforts

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today congratulated Dueppengiesser Dairy Farm, located in Perry, Wyoming County, as the recipient of the 2017 Agricultural Environmental Management Award.  Each year, the award honors the outstanding efforts of a New York State farm to protect and preserve soil and water quality.

Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Congratulations to the Dueppengiesser Farm on receiving the Agricultural Environmental Management Award. This family-run farm has long worked with the Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District to ensure they are taking the steps to take care of the environment while increasing the profitability of their operation.”

Dueppengiesser Dairy Farm was recognized today, along with the Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District, during a ceremony at Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Empire State Potato Growers, and the American Agriculturist Magazine presented the award to the family for their implementation of conservation best management practices that benefit the environment and protect the community.

Mike Dueppengiesser, Owner of Dueppengiesser Dairy Farm, said, “At Dueppengisser Dairy, we have always been aware of the need for environmental conservation, and we strive to implement practices that will protect our lands for the future.  Best management practices are a priority for our farm business, and we do our best to keep up with latest technology in conservation efforts such as implementing the use of cover crops, GPS technology, zone tillage and dragline systems. Working closely with our employees, plus collaboration with the Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District, strengthens our environmental stewardship efforts.”

Dueppengiesser Dairy Farm is a third-generation family farm that manages nearly 2,000 milking cows and youngstock and operates more than 2,000 acres of cropland, producing corn, alfalfa and wheat.  As early adopters of the principles of AEM, the family has implemented several practices, such as reduced tillage, use of cover crops, and nutrient management, to protect soil and water quality.  The family is also very active in the community, hosting several agricultural education programs on their farm, including the Farm Bureau School Education Program, Agri-Palooza and the Western New York Soil Health Field Day.

The farm has worked closely with the Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District, which provides technical assistance to advance agricultural environmental management practices within the county. The Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District has a very active agricultural environmental management program that has assisted over 361 farms since its inception. Their AEM Strategic Plan focuses on nutrient management and reducing cropland erosion, and Dueppengiesser Dairy Company has implemented various practices to address these issues that will improve soil health and protect water quality.   

Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Greg McKurth said, “The Dueppengeiser family has been a pleasure to work with over the years as they have proactively undergone numerous implementation projects related to improving conservation on their farm, along with hosting many educational outreach programs on their dairy, such as soil health workshops, and Wyoming County’s Agripalooza event.  I am proud of the Wyoming County farms for working collectively and progressively with our District staff to be good stewards of the land.”

The annual Agricultural Environmental Management Award is jointly sponsored by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, American Agriculturalist Magazine and the Empire State Potato Growers. Award winners are chosen from nominees submitted by County Soil and Water Conservation Districts from around the state. The first Agricultural Environmental Management Award was presented in 2002; prior to that, the award was known as the Agricultural Stewardship Award.
New York State’s agricultural environmental management framework is a model for the nation as a voluntary, incentive-based approach to protect natural resources and meet the economic needs of the agricultural community.


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District Awards

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New York State Awards
2012 Division 1 Merit Award - District Secretary/Treasurer, Sharon Boyd
2011 AEM Agriculture in the News Award
2010 AEM Agriculture in the News Award
2009 AEM Agriculture in the News Award
2008 AEM Agriculture in the News Award
2007 AEM Agriculture in the News Award
2007 Willard Croney Award - District Manager, Gregory McKurth
2007 Environmental Stewardship Award - R. L. Jeffres & Sons
2006 AEM Agriculture in the News Award
1997 Environmental Stewardship Award -Table Rock Farms
1996 Employees Association Special Project Award
1990, 1994, 1995 NYACD Conservation Education Award
1981, 1982, 1985, 1989 NACD Environmental Conservation Education Award
1979, 1986 Goodyear Conservation Award

National Awards

Goodyear Newsletter Award 1969, 1980, 1987, 1993
Goodyear Grand Award 1992

Ronald P. Herman, Sr
Partners in Conservation Award

2017 - JESS Engineering, PLLC, Alpine, NY
2016 -  D & H Excavating, Arcade, NY
2015 - Western New York Crop Management Association
2014 - Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District
2013 - NYSDEC, Scott Cornett - Bureau of Fisheries
2012 - Wyoming County Highway Department
2011 - W.N.Y. Chapter of Trout Unlimited

“William Flynn Memorial Award”

2017 - Boxler Dairy Farms
2016 - Davis Valley Farm, Bliss
2015 - Dueppengiesser Dairy Co., Perry
2014 - Outback Dairy, Becker Family, Varysburg
2013 - Sregnuoy Farms, LLC, North Java
2012 - McCormick’s Maple Ridge Farm, North Java
2011 - Bliss Cattle Co., Bliss
2010 - Friendly Acres Dairy Farm, Attica
2009 - VanSlyke’s Dairy Farm, LLC, Pike
2008 - Sunny Knoll Farms, Perry
2007 - Emerling Farms, LLC, Perry
2006 - Jeffres Farm, LLC, Covington
2005 - Plato Brook Farms, Java
2004 -  McCormick Farms, Inc., Wethersfield
2003 - Weaver Farm, Castile
2002 - Halo Farm, Walter Faryna, Perry
2001 - True Farms, Perry
2000 - Allen Mason, Gainesville
1999 - Donald Robb, Perry
1998 - Ward Bros., Genesee Falls
1997 - Silver Haven Farm, Richards Family, Castile
1996 - Jim & Sarah Youngers, Arcade
1995 - Harkins Family Farm, Middlebury

1977-1994 “Conservation Farm of the Year Award”

1994 - Pingrey Family Farm, Castile
1993 - Silver Meadows Farm, Ron & Stan Klein, Castile
1992 - David Shearing, Perry
1991 - Thomas Swyers, Castile
1990 - Frank Schreiber, Castile
1989 - Tracy Becker, Sheldon
1988 - Harold Meyers & Sons, Attica
1987 - Gary Swede, Covington
1986 - Table Rock Farm, Cal & Willard DeGolyer, Castile
1985 - Russell Cox & Family, Middlebury
1984 - Loweington Farm, Ron & Ken Lowe, Covington
1983 - Warner Hopkins, Bennington
1982 - Norman Smith, Middlebury
1981 - Charles & Joseph Seewaldt, Wethersfield
1980 - Howard & William Schwitzer, Middlebury
1979 - Ray & David Chamberlain, Middlebury
1978 - Logwell Acres, Pete Logsdon, Covington
1977 - Richard Youngers, Gainesville
1976 - Norman Perl, Gainesville
1975 - Allen Kelsch, Java
1974 - Lanny Blum, Attica
1972 - Floyd Storch, Bennington
1971 - Frank Ireland, Perry
1970 - Armson Farms, Robert Milligan, Covington

AEM Sign Awards

2017 AEM Awards
Armson Farms, Pavilion
Synergy, LLC, Wyoming
Skeels Farms LLC, Bliss

2016 AEM Awards
Wilmar Farm, Gainesville
Fugle Dairy Farm, Strykersville
Breezy Acres, Warsaw

2015 AEM Awards
Wiscoy Valley Farms LLC., Bliss
Huber Farms, Attica
Mohler Dairy Farm, Wyoming

2014 AEM Awards
Merle Heifers, LLC, Attica
Zielenieski Farms, Inc., Arcade
Dziedzic Farms, LLC., Attica

2013 AEM Awards
Woodvale Farms, Inc., Perry
T.L. Hodnett Farms, Portageville
Broughton Diversified Farming, Silver Springs
Bowhill Farm, Inc., Wyoming

2012 AEM Awards
Harkins Dairy, LLC
Davis Valley Farm
Co Vista Holsteins, LLC

2011 AEM Awards
Fontaine Farms, LLC
Maple Grove Dairy
West Flats Dairy
Maple Ridge Farm
Sregnuoy Farms, LLC

2010 AEM Awards
Hi Land Farms
Friendly Acres
Breezy Hill Dairy Farm
Fitch Farms

2009 AEM Awards
Bliss Cattle Co
Eagleview Dairy, LLC
East Koy Valley Farms
Tarey-Rickard Farm
Seewaldt Bros
Baker Brook Dairy Farm, LLC
Mar-Dan Farm
Van Slyke’s Dairy Farm, LLC

2008 AEM Awards
Sunny Knoll Farms
Plato Brook Farms
Silver Meadows Farm
Schreiberdale Holsteins
Pingrey Farm #1
Pingrey Farm #2

2007 AEM Awards
Table Rock Farms, Inc
Silver Haven Farms
Halo Farms
R.L. Jeffres & Sons, LLC
Emerling Farms, LLC

Lifetime Acheivement Award
Was Presented to:
Erwin J. Freyburger
E.J. Freyburger Earthmoving

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