The state of Pennsylvania is investing in job training for agricultural employees. On Friday, Dennis Wolff, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will officially announce a state grant of $178,500 to be used to train skilled employees for the dairy and poultry industries in Lancaster County.

The grant, which is the first of its kind for agriculture in the state, will be awarded to the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board.

According to Scott Sheely, executive director of the board, the goal of the training program is to give current ag employees the chance to improve their skills and move up to a supervisory position as well as train new workers so that they can come into jobs within agriculture and be productive from day one.

Training for the dairy portion of the program will begin April 11 at the Luke Brubaker Farm, Mount Joy, Pa.

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