The owner of Delaware’s largest dairy farm received the state secretary of agriculture’s distinguished service award last week.
Walter C. Hopkins, who operates Green Acres Farm outside Lewes with his son and family, was presented with the honor Jan. 24, during the 42nd annual Agriculture Industry Diner at the Dover Downs Conference Center.
“Walter Hopkins exemplifies the best qualities of Delaware agriculture: hard work, dedication and community leadership,” state agriculture secretary Ed Kee said during the dinner, which was attended by about 400 people. “His service to our state is exceptional, and the economic contributions and innovations on his family farm are unparalleled. We need more people like him to lead our industry.”
Hopkins has served on the board of MidAtlantic Farm Credit since 1988.
The former Cape Henlopen school board president also is a member of the Delaware Farm Bureau, Land O’ Lakes Cooperative, Genex Cooperative, the Holsteain Association, Jefferson Lodge No. 15 A.F. & A.M. and Coolspring Presbyterian Church.
Green Acres Farm, whose 500 cows produce more than 12 million pounds of milk a year, received the Sussex County Agricultural Conservation Award from DNREC in 2012.
The farm offers school tours each spring in conjunction with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and has been home to the popular ice cream shop Hopkins Farm Creamery since 2008.