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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Pioneers Farmer Training Program; Available for Interviews at Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference

What: The Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) is the first formal Apprenticeship for farming in the nation. It offers veterans and other interested participants a structured system of training designed to prepare individuals for dairy farm management and/or ownership through on-farm employment and mentoring, related instruction, and networking.

Who: Joseph Tomandl, III, Executive Director, is available for interviews during the Farmers Veteran Stakeholders Conference.

Why: DGA currently has several veterans involved in its program. Returning service members receive work-based training in specialized dairy skills that can be applied to a lifelong career. Veterans are able to use their GI funding for classes and housing.

This program is especially appealing for veterans from rural areas – dairy farming can allow them to return to a familiar community and lifestyle after their service is complete.

DGA is a National Apprenticeship registered with the United States Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration.

Aspiring dairy farmers face significant barriers and the new generation is not entering the profession at a rate that offsets the loss of retiring producers. DGA and its veteran participants help the industry address this challenge.

When/Where: Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference, November 30 – December 2, East Lansing, Michigan.

Pre-Show Media Contact: Jessica Krasin, (715)441, 5340, Jessica@groupleaf.com

During Conference Media Contact: Joseph Tomandl, III 715-560-0389, joe@dga-national.org; Brian Klinge (Apprentice), 715-623-6671; Andy Bures (Master Grazier), 715-623-0838, buresorganicfarm@yahoo.com

Please call, email or text to schedule an interview with Joe, or feel free to stop at the DGA booth 39, located in Big Ten BC at the Kellogg Conference Center.

More information at https://www.dga-national.org/

About Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

The Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) provides a pathway to independent dairy farm ownership, developing grazing careers and strengthening the economic and environmental well-being of rural communities in the dairy industry.