Dinniman salutes Hershey on being named Dairy Woman of the year

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Marilyn Hershey is congratulated by state Sen. Andy Dinniman on being named Dairy Woman of the Year.

State Senator Andy Dinniman recently recognized Marilyn Hershey on being named Dairy Woman of the Year at the 51st Annual World Dairy Exposition.

“I couldn’t think of a better person than Marilyn for this honor. From her diligent work ethic to her love of the land to her enterprising vision, she truly embodies the values, spirit, and heritage of dairy farming and the agricultural industry,” Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, said.

Dinniman presented Hershey with a special Senate Citation in recognition of the honor.

Hershey and her husband, Duane, have been operating Ar-Joy Farms, an 800-cow, 550-acre farm in Cochranville for more than 30 years. The Hersheys farm and ship their milk to the Land O’Lakes Cooperative.

In addition, Hershey, who grew up on a farm in Atglen, is a leading advocate for agriculture and the dairy farming industry. She writes a monthly column for Hoard’s Dairyman, serves on the National Dairy and Research Promotion Board, and is Vice Chair of Dairy Management, Inc. Duane is also very active in the dairy industry and serves on the board of Land O’Lakes.

In addition to promoting dairy products and dairy agriculture, Marilyn and Duane continue to incorporate innovative and sustainable technology into their farming operations. The most recent addition is a specialized methane digester – the first of its kind in use in the region – that converts waste into electrical power.

“On a personal note, members of the Hershey family have been true friends of farming and supporters of local and statewide agriculture over the years. Beginning with Duane’s father, my former legislative colleague and mentor, state Rep. Art Hershey, they have given invaluable time, energy, and leadership to keep farming strong in Pennsylvania,” Dinniman added.

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