High school-aged students with an interest in dairy are invited to participate in a daylong tour of two dairy farm operations in Blair County, Pa., on Friday, April 11. The tour is being coordinated by the Center for Dairy Excellence and supported by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania as part of its Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow program.
"This is the second year for our Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Farm Tour, and last year it exposed the students to very unique and successful dairy business models," said Emily Yeiser, dairy initiatives manager with the center. "We are looking forward to offering the same experience this year, with the tour featuring two profitable, high-producing commercial dairies in Blair County."
The two farms featured on the tour are:
- Kulp Family Dairy, LLC, owned by the Kulp family in Martinsburg, Pa.
- DD Drycreek Dairy, owned by the Smith family in Martinsburg, Pa.
More details about the specific farm locations will be outlined in the near future, with specific information on bus pickup points determined at that point. Those interested must complete a brief application and include a statement on why they are interested in the dairy industry. The application must also be signed by their agriculture teacher or an educational advisor and a parent. Absentee excuse forms should also be submitted with the application, so they can be signed to ensure that the tour is considered an educational field trip.
Applications can be downloaded from www.centerfordairyexcellence.org
under "Upcoming Events" or in the Student and Educator section. Call 717-346-0849 to request an application. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014.
The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania was established in 2010 as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization enabling individuals and corporations to make a lasting impact on the future of Pennsylvania's dairy industry and its individual dairy farm families. Priorities for the center foundation include youth development, continuing education, consumer outreach and market development.
The center foundation's "Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow" program was piloted in 2012 to provide a dairy management-focused curriculum to high school-aged students. The tour is designed to expose these students to successful and well-managed dairy farms.
Selections of tour participants will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with some consideration given to the level of dairy interest. All applications are due to the center by March 31. For more information, call the center at 717-346-0849.