Adam Guernsey of Ionia, was chosen as the 2012-2013 recipient of the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation Inc., Velmar Green Scholarship at Michigan State University (MSU). The $3,500 scholarship is named in honor of innovative dairy leader Velmar Green of Elsie. The award is presented to a second-year student in the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology dairy management certificate program. Guernsey is the second recipient of the scholarship.
Guernsey is the son of Wayne and Martha Guernsey. He received the award based on his academic achievements, involvement in extracurricular activities and interest in one day owning and operating a diversified dairy farm operation. Guernsey continues to work for Doezma Farms, Inc., in Saranac, and Dusty Lane Farms in Ionia, and manages Guernsey Poultry Processing, a business he established in 2009 that led to him winning the State FFA Poultry Proficiency and National FFA Bronze awards.
While at MSU, Guernsey completed an internship at Tuls Dairies in Nebraska in summer 2012 and competed on the Michigan post-secondary dairy judging team this past fall. He was the seventh high individual in the Ayrshire breed, the ninth high individual in the Holstein breed and the 10th high place individual overall in the post-secondary contest at the 2012 North American International Livestock Exhibition in Louisville, Ky., in November.
The Velmar Green Scholarship was established in 2009 by the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) to recognize Green for his 40 years of service to the MMPA board of directors. Green is the owner of Green Meadow Farms, Inc., one of the largest herds of registered Holsteins in North America and home to an on-site teaching laboratory for MSU College of Veterinary Medicine students. He has held leadership positions with milk marketing groups, breed associations, the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA), the Michigan Cattlemen's Association, university advisory groups and agriculture lending organizations. Green is the 2012-2013 chairperson of the Michigan Commission of Agriculture, which he was appointed to as a commissioner in 2009 by then Governor Jennifer M. Granholm.
The Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $103,000 in scholarships to 37 MSU students pursuing dairy industry-related programs of study for the 2012-2013 academic year.
For information on making contributions to honor members of the dairy industry or to support student scholarships, please contact the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources External Relations at 517-355-0284. To learn more about the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation, contact Dr. Miriam Weber Nielsen
in the MSU Department of Animal Science