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DATCP, DWD to Provide Job Training for Wisconsin Farmers
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/20/2019

A pair of state agencies are working together to assist farmers in need of job training. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday they have revived joint efforts to provide programs for producers who may need to either leave the farm or work a secondary job off the farm for extra income.

"Wisconsin farmers contribute greatly to the economic vitality of our state--they are active in their communities and do much to support our state and local economies," said DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman. "Our number one goal is to help our farmers remain in their preferred industry, but if they choose to leave the farm, DWD's myriad of worker training programs and job center services are available to assist them during their employment transition."

DATCP Secretary Brad Pfaff adds that his department are doing what they can to help farmers survive and grow economically.

"For instance, our Farm Center always stands ready to assist farmers who need or want to add off-farm income or even transition to a new line of work altogether," Pfaff said. "Now, in partnership with DWD, I'm proud to say we have another tool in our arsenal to help farmers and their families get the information and training they need by referring them to DWD's job training programs."

Increased collaboration between DATCP and DWD was also a recurring theme across the recommendations of the Dairy Task Force 2.0, which issued its final report earlier this summer.

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