Thanks to a grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Pennsylvania dairy producers and their employees can now attend Penn State Dairy Alliance training programs for free.

According to Richard Stup, associate director of the Penn State Dairy Alliance, producers can be reimbursed for the full cost of program registration on any Dairy Alliance training programs completed by June 30, 2006.

“The grant provides producers a unique opportunity to improve their farm’s workforce and, in turn, the productivity of their operation,” notes Stup.

The grant is the result of a major industry partnership consisting of the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board, the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, Penn State Dairy Alliance, and the Center for Dairy Excellence.

The following upcoming Dairy Alliance programs are eligible for reimbursement through the Pennsylvania Agricultural Training Consortium Grant:

* Middle Manager’s Conference, March 15, Holiday Inn, Grantville, Pa.

* PennState Dairy Management Certificate program.This program provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to understand business, information, financial, and human resource management so that they can effectively make the business decisions required to manage a modern dairy business. The registration fee is $295 per module.

Upcoming modules include: Human Resource Management Module, March 29-30, and Financial Management Module, April 13-14.

* PennState Dairy Production Skills Certificate program. An introductory level program designed for current dairy employees, new employees, and recent high school graduates. The training features a classroom portion, plus an equal amount of time is devoted to hands-on skills training on farm. Complete the General Production Module, and three modules of your choice to earn the certificate. The registration fee is $250 per module.

                Upcoming modules include:

General Production Skills Module, April 11 and 18.

Feeding and Nutrition Module, April 25 and May 2.  

Reproduction Module. May 9 and 16.

Calf and Heifer Module, 2 sites offered, May 9 and 16, in BradfordCounty and May 23 and 30 in LancasterCounty.

Milking Management & Udder Health Module, June 6 and 13.

Herd Health Module, June 20 and   27.

For more information on any of these upcoming meetings, call (888) 373-7232 or online go to:

PennState Dairy Alliance