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NO. R-331. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING MARK RODGERS ON BEING NAMED AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE 1999 NATIONAL DISTINGUISHED YOUNG HOLSTEIN BREEDER AWARD.

(J.R.H. 268)

Offered by: Representatives Kinsey of Craftsbury and Hathaway of Barton.

Whereas, Mark Rodgers stands as a stellar role model for dairy farmers in Vermont and nationwide, and

Whereas, his family roots are solidly planted in Orleans County and the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, starting as a youth, Mark Rodgers was being recognized for his outstanding farming skills when, in 1980, he was the recipient of the Orleans County Young Farmer Award, and

Whereas, after graduation from the University of Vermont, where he was president of the dairy club and a member of Alpha Zeta, the national agricultural honor society, he assumed a series of positions, starting at the American Jersey Cattle Association, that enabled him to learn the fundamentals of the dairy industry, and

Whereas, since 1993, Mark Rodgers has been a partner in the Andersonville Farm where he has proven to be an outstanding breeder of Holstein cows, and

Whereas, he is currently chair of the Vermont Holstein Association’s breed promotion committee, a member of the board of trustees of the Eastern States Exposition, and a representative to the National Milk Producers Federation on behalf of the Agri-Mark Cooperative, and

Whereas, he is a leader in the Vermont Farm Bureau of which he is presently a vice president, and

Whereas, in 1999, he was named the Vermont and New England Outstanding Young Holstein Breeder of the Year and the National Dairy Shrine Progressive Producer of the Year, and

Whereas, each of these honors was a mere prelude to his designation by the Holstein Association U.S.A. as the National Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder of 1999, and

Whereas, Mark Rodgers has demonstrated that this very special award was truly deserved, as he has shown through his dedication and creativity, the success that can occur on a farm that breeds Holstein cows, and

Whereas, aside from his extensive commitments to the preservation and future prosperity of Vermont’s dairy industry, he is committed to improving the state’s system of public education and has chaired both the Glover and Orleans Central Supervisory School Boards, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Mark Rodgers on his receipt of the 1999 National Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder Award, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mark Rodgers in West Glover.