John Fiscalini of Modesto, Calif., has been tapped by the World Dairy Expo as Dairyman of the Year for his innovative farm business plan and industry leadership.

Fiscalini has been described as a masterful innovator and business planner. His progressive mindset prompted him to become an advocate for modern dairy and farming practices, according to a press release from the expo.

An early adapter of the farmstead cheese movement, his Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese Company has become a model for others aspiring to initiate a successful new market opportunity utilizing their herd's milk, the release stated.

Fiscalini's cheese company has won numerous awards including gold medals at the American Cheese Society, California State Fair and World Cheese Award competitions. In 2007, a Fiscalini produced cheese was awarded the World's Best Extra Mature Cheddar at the World Cheese Awards in London. In 2011, the same cheese repeated with a Super Gold Medal.

Fiscalini serves on the Dairy Management Inc. board and the National Dairy Research and Promotion Board.

-- Carol Ryan Dumas

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