Knollman Farms, of Hamilton, Ohio, recently received the 2011 Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) Neighbor of the Year Award at OLC's 14th Annual Meeting and Symposium. The annual award recognizes a farmer who has positively developed and enhanced relationships between neighbors in Ohio's farm communities.

"Being a good neighbor means that farmers should be courteous of their neighbors and educate them on what they do and why they do it, especially for those who may be unfamiliar with livestock and farming," said David White, OLC executive director. "While there were many outstanding nominations this year, Knollman Farms was chosen for their tireless efforts for going above and beyond what's expected of them."

Knollman Farms is committed to being a responsible farmer and a leader in the local community. The farm is respectful of their neighbors and makes it a priority to keep their farm looking clean and presentable at all times.

The family farm is located on a busy highway near a local amusement park. The farm takes extra precautions such as storing manure in an area behind the barns so that it is out of sight and spreading when appropriate so it doesn't disturb neighbors. Additionally, Knollman Farms actively educates local elected officials and community members about agriculture. The family regularly participates in volunteering with 4-H, donations, hosting and coaching local teams, loaning equipment to other farmers, and many other activities.

Knollman Farms received a plaque and a $250 cash donation to an organization of their choice courtesy of OLC and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

The OLC, formed in 1997, is a statewide trade organization consisting of diverse agriculture organizations and individual farmers committed to advancing environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable livestock farming practices.