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Dairy Foundation to Present Education Grants at PDPW Meeting
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/29/2013

The education foundation of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin will be presenting grants to three non-profit organizations that have unique ideas in educating consumers about the importance of the dairy industry. The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation has chosen the Western United Dairymen, the Dairyland Initiative, North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, New York State 4-H Foundation, and the Indiana Dairy Youth Academy to be this year's recipients. The Foundation will also continue to support three programs run by PDPW, including the Youth Leadership Derby, Dairy Mentor Program and the Agriculture-Community Twilight Meetings.

Western United Dairymen will receive funds for their Dairy Leaders program, a six-session program designed to build dairy producers' skills through leadership trainings.

The Dairyland Initiative was awarded funds to continue enhancing their web-based resource providing educational material, networking, virtual tours and contacts to ensure that dairy producers have all the necessary information they require to construct welfare friendly facilities for their livestock.

North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, Inc. received support for Dairy Challenge Academy, a new annual educational program for collegiates to work along-side industry professionals. Participants learn first-hand how to evaluate dairy profitability and work as a team to address dairy issues.

The New York State 4-H Foundation, Inc. for the New York State Junior DAIRY LEADER Program, a year-long program to give teens the opportunity to learn career options in agriculture while building personal, professional and leadership skills.

The Indiana Dairy Youth Academy, run by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, which reaches out to high school students and builds their skills through a series of workshops that focus on specific facets of the dairy industry and leadership skills.

"These programs are the cream that rose to the top in terms of having a positive impact in our industry," says PDPF Board Chair Logan Bower. "People are what makes our industry strong and sustainable, and we feel these programs will grow our leaders of today and tomorrow."

Since its founding by dairy producers in 2002, the PDPF has made funds available for youth programs, community education programs and the National Dairy Animal Well-being Initiative.

The funds will be distributed at the upcoming annual meeting of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.

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