Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship is Coming to Michigan

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) is a non-profit organization currently present in 11 states. The DGA is an Accredited Apprenticeship program registered with the United States Department of Labor. DGA pairs experienced dairy grazing farmers (Dairy Grazing Masters) with an apprentice with little to no experience but with interest in dairy (Dairy Grazing Apprentice). The apprentices get paid while learning from their mentors, gain hands-on experience, and have other training opportunities.

Michigan State University and Michigan Food and Farming Systems will be the DGA partners in Michigan starting this February, where a kick-off meeting of the DGA program will be offered at the MSU Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners. The meeting will introduce the DGA program and provide information on how to become a Master Dairy Grazer and the benefits it could bring to your farm and more. At the end of the meeting, help will be provided for those interested in signing up on the DGA website.

The meeting will be W.K. Kellogg Farm, 10461 N. 40th St. Hickory Corners, on Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and lunch will be provided. There is no fee for this meeting, but registration is highly encouraged and appreciated.