Dairy of Distinction Program presents awards to business, professor


The New York Dairy of
Distinction Program has announced the 2021 recipients of the Person of Distinction Award and the Business of Distinction Award.

Sheila A. Marshman, PhD, an associate professor of agricultural business at Morrisville State College, was presented the Person of Distinction Award. During her time at Morrisville State, Marshman has fostered the college’s four-year degree in agricultural business development, program officials said, and is co-writing the college’s first master’s degree proposed program in food and agribusiness.

Marshman received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service in 2016. In 2015, Marshman joined the consulting team of NY FarmNet, based out of the Dyson School at Cornell University.

There, she helps farm families across the state make financial decisions and plan for their future through succession/estate planning. Marshman also serves on the Board for the Development Chenango Corporation, the NBT Bank Southern Tier Regional Advisory Board, The New York State Promotion Order Board, and the New York State Agricultural Foundation Board. She is also a graduate of LEADNY class 11.

She resides with her husband, John, and their daughter, Lily, on his family’s seventh generation dairy farm, Tiger Lily Holsteins, owned by John, David, and Corey Marshman, which was founded in 1856.

Marshman is active in many local organizations including youth softball and 4-H and was also closely involved in dairy product give away efforts at
both the college and in Chenango County to assist families in
need during the COVID-19

The Business of Distinction Award was presented to Chobani, which holds a significant presence in New York’s dairy industry, program officials said.

Chobani’ s presence is recognizable not only on grocery store shelves but also in contributions made at the farm level.

Chobani is the only dairy processor to approach Cornell CALS Pro-Dairy Program with an interest in contributing monies towards programs that impact dairy producers, according to Dairy of Distinction Program officials.

Chobani has contributed to the Dairy Advancement Program, allowing funds to be awarded for business planning efforts at the farm level. Most recently, the business partnered with American Farmland Trust to award 22 New York state dairy farms with micro grants through the Dairy Forward partnership, utilizing proceeds from Chobani’s Farmer Batch yogurt.


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