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Palmyra Farm Inducted into Maryland Dairy Shrine

"It's a very special honor. We have many dairy farms in Maryland but to receive this puts them head and shoulders above the rest," said Leslie Hart, agricultural business development specialist

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - A local dairy farm has been inducted into the Maryland Dairy Shrine, a prestigious recognition in which one dairy is chosen in the entire state. 

The Palmyra Farm in Hagerstown has been inducted into the shrine. 

"It's a very special honor. We have many dairy farms in Maryland but to receive this puts them head and shoulders above the rest," said Leslie Hart, agricultural business development specialist

Under the direction of Ralph Shank and Mary Shank Creek's families, Washington County's Palmyra Farm was selected out of more than 130 dairy farms state wide.

"We have 300 acres here to raise crops for the cattle. We're milking 175 cows and 150 young animals we raise to be future members of our herd," said Mary Shank. 

"We're not really special to any farm, but we're strictly family. All family operated, family worked," said Ralph Shank.

The two families have continued their legacy at the farm for several generations. 

"It's what we're born and raised with. It's what we love to do," said Ralph Shank.

Maryland Dairy Shrine aims to recognize dairy industry leaders and the importance of the dairy industry to the agricultural economy of Maryland

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