We need your help in finding ten students interested in attending
the 1995 Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers at the
UW-Madison. This innovative new program aims to move new farmers
into management intensive rotational grazing (MIRG)-based dairy
operations. It offers classroom and field training, scholarships,
mentoring, and matches with retiring or exiting farmers.
Do you know folks who'd like to start up a MIRG-based dairy farm?
We're looking for candidates in Wisconsin, but will consider
students from adjoining states, pending logistics. The School will
--full tuition to attend the 16-week UW-Madison Farm and Industry
--classes on dairy animal and farm management with an emphasis on
--a special weekly seminar on all aspects of grazing, offered by
experienced graziers and UW faculty
--a variety of person to person and electronic networking events
--a required summer internship on a grass-based dairy farm,
emphasizing training in the practical skills of grass-based dairying
and direct mentorship by experienced graziers
--assistance in identifying opportunities to begin their own farm,
with the potential of being matched with a farmer leaving his or her
operation who might be willing to negotiate a cooperative
An informational brochure is available; copies are being snailmailed
to all UW-Extension ag-agbusiness agents' offices, and should arrive
early next week.
To request an application packet and/or informational brochure,
contact Steve Stevenson or Doug Romig, UW-Madison Center for
Integrated Ag Systems:
Phone: (608) 262-8018 *** FAX: (608) 265-3020
Applications will be accepted **through August 15, 1995** and all
applicants will be notified of their status **by September 15,
1995**. The program will begin the first week of November, 1995.
The Short Course runs from mid-November, 1995, through March, 1996.
Internships will begin in the spring of 1996. Other activities will
occur throughout this period.
Questions? Give me a holler.
Thanks for helping us find motivated, committed young people who
dream of having their own grass-based farms and who'd be interested
in this program!
Michele Gale-Sinex, outreach and education
Center for Integrated Ag Systems
Ag Technology and Family Farm Institute
UW-Madison--Voice: (608) 262-8018 FAX: (608) 265-3020
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