The dairy industry is an important part of Wisconsin's economy, its culture, and its future. Today the state has about 12,000 dairy farms, but each year 500 of those farms go out of business.
The average age of farmers is 57 years old and many of these farmers do not have an identified successor. Meanwhile, aspiring dairy farmers face significant barriers to farm ownership. If farm loss continues at the current rate, the dairy industry and the rural communities that depend on it could be decimated in a generation.
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship—the first accredited Apprenticeship for farming in the nation—was specifically created to address this challenge.
• Must be at least 18 years of age.
• Must be physically able to perform the work of the trade with reasonable accommodations and without hazard to themselves or others.
• Must have reliable transportation to and from work and school.
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