Foster Brothers Farms/VNAP wins Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

Independent photo/John S. McCright

Foster Brothers Farm Inc./VNAP show their “2019 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year” award. Pictured, from left, are Heather Foster-Provencher, Robert Foster, Tricia Foster and Jessy Norris.


Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) member Foster Brothers Farms/VNAP, was recognized as the 2019 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year by the International Dairy Foods Association. The award highlights innovative domestic dairy producers that utilize technology, and industry collaboration, to achieve greater efficiency and better dairy marketing.

“We are extremely impressed with Foster Farm’s use of technology, innovation and business partnerships to build and maintain a modern, progressive dairy operation,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “The ‘Cow Palace’ incorporates the latest in robotic milkers, and the owners use a unique heat recovery system they designed themselves along with Agrilabs Technologies to produce energy and more efficiently compost manure solids in its second business that includes Moo Organic Manure Compost Products.”

In addition, Foster Brother's Farm was recently awarded the 2019 University of Vermont (UVM) Family Business Awards in the "Legacy Family Enterprise" category. This annual award recognizes Vermont-based family businesses for their inventive business strategies, continued fiscal success and contributions to their communities.


Vermont Natural Ag Products, Inc. is a family-run business based in Middlebury, VT,  and operates in conjunction with Foster Brothers Farm, Inc. Their products are formulated from cow, horse, and poultry compost from farms located in Vermont’s beautiful Champlain Valley and are available at independent garden centers throughout the Northeast. Their products are UDDERLY THE BEST!