Academy seeks students interested in dairy careers

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A new program aimed at reaching high school students interested in a career in the dairy industry is now accepting applications.

The Indiana Dairy Youth Academy will begin its inaugural year this fall. The program will offer participating students exposure to innovative agricultural practices and businesses in the dairy industry. 

The academy aims to develop knowledgeable dairy professionals by helping participants improve communication skills, develop leadership ability, explore career opportunities, and gain understanding of industry techniques.

Students will attend conferences, tours and workshops throughout the year. Most of the events will be in Indiana, but students also will have an opportunity to travel to Wisconsin and Canada.

Applications are available at and are due by Aug. 1. Students interested in attending the program should demonstrate an interest in the dairy industry and a desire to pursue a career in a dairy-related field.

To be eligible, students must be in grades 10-12 by Sept. 1, 2012.  Additionally, participation in the 4-H program is required, and the student should demonstrate an ability to commit to the program. Students who are exhibiting dairy animals at the World Dairy Expo or who are participating the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest during the current year are not eligible.

For more information, contact Kelly Heckaman at, 574-372-2340, or download the program brochure at

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