Dave Forgey, Logansport, IN, was named the 2010 Indiana Dairy Producer of the Year by the Indiana Professional Dairy Producers (IPDP). Forgey is recognized for positively impacting the state's dairy industry. He and his wife, Helen, along with partners Scott and Darla Foerg, milk about 200 cows on a pasture-based seasonal dairy farm.

"He has worked hard, not only to make that system work very well at his home farm, but to help others make the switch," according to the IPDP. Forgey has authored a number of informational columns and articles for several publications and instigated an innovative arrangement to allow the Foergs to become partners in River-View Farms, Inc. See our January Hay & Forage Grower story, "Farming Toward The Future."

Forgey says that having dedicated partners has allowed him to practice his leadership skills. He was one of the first to help establish Indiana Professional Dairy Producers and served as its first secretary, contributing countless hours toward IPDP development.

Currently, Forgey is on the IPDP board and is the dairy industry representative to the Indiana Beef Cattle Association. He is also on the Milk Promotion Services of Indiana board and has served on the Foremost Farms USA and Mideast Milk Marketing Agency boards.

"Dave is truly a visionary dairy producer and has a passion for moving the Indiana dairy industry forward by embracing innovation and technology, as well as leadership, integrity and stewardship," according to the IPDP.