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Logan Bower to be Honored as Penn State's Dairy Science 2012 Distinguished Alumnus

Posted: October 30, 2012

Perry County dairyman will be recognized for his contributions to the dairy industry.

Logan Bower, Pleasant View Farms, Perry County, has been named the 2012 Dairy Science Distinguished Alumnus by Penn State's Department of Animal Science. He will be recognized at a departmental ceremony on Friday, November 9.

Bower received his B.S. from Penn State in Dairy Science in 1982 with a major in dairy production. After graduation he returned to the third-generation family farm in Blain, Perry County, purchasing the farm from his late father, Clark, in 1997. 

As an undergraduate, he was very active in the Dairy Science Club, serving as president in his junior year, showing in the Dairy expo and serving as chairman of the Expo. He held several offices in Alpha Zeta fraternity and received the William Davey Award in 1982, presented to the outstanding senior in the Department. In Perry County, he was a member of 4-H.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "Logan has been an outstanding leader within the dairy industry, effectively conveying his passion for excellence to others. He understands the importance of producers being at the forefront of current issues to help effect positive change, and he knows the value of being open to new ideas."

Bower said, "I was surprised when I was notified of the award. It is an honor, and I very much look forward to being at Penn State for the recognition."

His 750-acre farming operation has 1100 cows, with 570 milk cows and 530 replacement animals. The rolling herd average is 23, 300 lbs. He milks in a 45-year-old double seven milking parlor, employing Hispanic workers, and an assistant manager, Josh Adams, a graduate of Penn State.

Bower was president of the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania for four years, and served on the board of the Pennsylvania Beef Council. He was active with the Wisconsin National Dairy Animal Well-Being Initiative, a group of dairy leaders working with industry partners to develop a new manual for dairy farmers called Dairy Animal Care & Quality Assurance (DACQA) which produced guidelines for standardization of animal care and animal handling. His leadership was important in moving the initiative forward in Pennsylvania, and Bower hosted the first revamped DACQA seminar at his farm in 2008.

In 2011 he received the Dairy Beef Quality Assurance Award from the Pennsylvania Cattleman's Association highlighting his leadership in dairy animal quality care, something that is fundamental to his dairy operation.

Recently, Bower has focused on serving as a director for the Professional Dairy Producers Foundation, an organization devoted to ensuring "that our family dairy farms remain viable and socially responsible for generations to come." The Foundation, created by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, provides education grants to build producer professionalism and maintain the public trust.

Committed to encouraging young people to excel in the industry, Bower assisted in coaching two Perry County Dairy Bowl teams, one of which won the National Junior Holstein contest in 1989 and the other winning the Senior contest in 1993. He notes with pride that of the five different members on the two teams, all girls, four are directly involved in dairying and one works within the wider agricultural industry. 

A firm believer in the importance of being involved in the community, Bower has served on the Perry County Planning Commission for six years, and has been a member of the Perry County Chamber of Commerce Board for two years. He is a member of the Blain Lions Club and serves on the Council of the Zion Lutheran Church, Blain.