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Dairy Foundation Selects Education Grant Recipients
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/15/2014

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation has selected the next recipients of its educational grant program. The group will continue to support programs run by Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin--including Youth Leadership Derby, Dairy Mentor Program and the Agriculture Community Engagement On-Farm Twilight Meetings--as well as food safety and animal well-being initiatives.

Other recipients include:

** The American Guernsey Association to fund the Guernsey Graduate program, a training focused on developing the "soft skills" of dairy leaders ages 21-35.

** The Clean Lakes Alliance for the Yahara Pride Farms program that intends to work with and educate farmers of the Yahara watershed on best management practices in agriculture.

** The Fond du Lac Agriculture Society to enhance their Ag Birthing and Education Center that reaches more than 35,000 people at the Fond du Lac County Fair.

** Dodge County Leaders Association Dairy Youth Advisory Committee for the Dodge County Dairy Education Moo Booth, a program that connects dairy producers to the community with interactive activities at the fair that hosts 59,000 fair goers.

** The Foundation will continue to support the Food Armor WVMA HACCP for Proper Drug use, a program that is part of a larger initiative and partnership between WVMA and PDPW called What Matters: veterinarians and producers working together to ensure safe meat and milk.

** The Kansas State Research and Extension Department of 4-H Youth Development for the Kansas Junior Dairy Exploration program. This expanded program will offer youth the opportunity to prepare to enter the workforce with 21st century knowledge and skills to join the competitive dairy community.

** The Nebraska 4-H Foundation has been approved to receive a grant for the dairy exhibit component of the Nebraska Agricultural Experience, a year round facility for telling the Nebraska agriculture story.

"These programs clearly align with the Foundation's mission," says Logan Bower, dairy producer and chair of the Foundation board. "They provide educational resources that build producer professionalism and maintain public trust in what we do."

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations who share its passion and vision for education in dairy communities.

The next grant application period has already begun with requests due by December 1. Organizations may apply for grants of up to $5,000. For grant criteria and an application package, visit

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