DGA

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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) is an independent non-profit organization and a National Apprenticeship under the US Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration. It was created with funding from the USDA-NIFA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

DGA's partners are crucial to the success and sustainability of this innovative program.
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The Brookby Foundation seeks to promote community well-being, primarily by supporting endeavors that advance artistic and scientific literacy, with a special interest in those that protect or improve the environment.

The Cedar Tree Foundation is a family foundation created by the late pediatrician and entrepreneur, Dr. David H. Smith. Dr. Smith believed in the power of individuals and organizations to make significant changes in the world. The Cedar Tree Foundation continues to reflect that belief in its environmental grantmaking and programs.

Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) was founded to provide high quality technical assistance on privately owned grazing lands on a voluntary basis and to increase the awareness of the importance of grazing land resources. GLCI is carried out through coalitions of individuals and organizations functioning at the local, state, regional and national levels. In Wisconsin, GLCI has supported the development of an extensive network of educational and technical assistance for farmers interested in “managed grazing.” The program also supported initial curriculum development for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship.

The McKnight Foundation , a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Through grantmaking, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform, we use our resources to attend, unite, and empower those we serve. McKnight assists nonprofit organizations and public agencies to improve the quality of life for all people, particularly those in need. Through grantmaking, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform, we aim to build and maintain vibrant communities; enrich people's lives through the arts; encourage protection of the natural environment; and promote research in selected fields.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides America’s farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to voluntarily implement conservation practices that help not only the environment but agriculture operations, too. For more than 75 years, NRCS and its predecessor agencies have worked in close partnerships with farmers and ranchers, local and state governments, and other federal agencies to maintain healthy and productive working landscapes. Its Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production.

Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO) began with the 2002 Farm Bill, which included an exemption for organic farmers from contributing to national promotion programs like “Got Milk?” In response, Organic Valley devised a way for farmers to pool their exemptions into an organic-focused granting fund as a way to promote and advance organic farming. Our name says it all: Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO) . FAFO is a grant program funded entirely by annual, voluntary contributions from Organic Valley farmers. It's the largest farmer-funded grant program in the U.S. and one of the few focused solely on organic. The fund provides a way for Organic Valley farmers to address the long-term needs of the organic marketplace and the future of organic agriculture by supporting the development of long-term solutions.

Created in 1944, The Otto Bremer Foundation assists people in achieving full economic, civic and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. The Foundation strives to help build healthy, vibrant communities in the places that are homes and neighbors to Bremer banks—communities where basic needs are met, mutual regard is prized and opportunities for economic, civic and social participation are within everyone's reach. The Otto Bremer Foundation owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank, and receives an equivalent share of the bank profits that are paid out as dividends. This means that a large portion of bank profit is invested back in local communities through grants and program-related investments.

SAGE is Wisconsin's Sector Alliance for the Green Economy grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2012. SAGE employs short and long-term strategies that are critical to the greening of Wisconsin's workforce by: forming partnerships with businesses, educators and other stakeholders to identify and address labor force needs specific to “green” or clean energy jobs in construction, manufacturing and utility industries. SAGE has provided funding for Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship outreach and participant support.

USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) provides funding on a competitive basis to organizations and institutions that develop and offer education, training, outreach and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. The Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship was established with the support of a 2010 Development Grant, a 2011 Standard Grant, and a 2014 Standard Grant through USDA-NIFA BFRDP. To find more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit New Farmers and Farm Answers websites, which are projects of BFRDP.

Whole Foods Market is a dynamic leader in the quality food business. We are a mission-driven company that aims to set the standards of excellence for food retailers. We are building a business in which high standards permeate all aspects of our company. Quality is a state of mind at Whole Foods Market. Our vision of a sustainable future means our children and grandchildren will be living in a world that values human creativity, diversity, and individual choice

The mission of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is to make Wisconsin a world leader in agriculture, food safety and consumer protection. Seven divisions help accomplish this, which include Agriculture Resource Management, Animal Health, Food Safety, Management Services, Agriculture Development, Office of the Secretary and Trade and Consumer Protection.

Wisconsin Farmers Union believes that investing in our young people, educating consumers, and keeping our membership informed and involved will help us shape rural policies and economic development for rural America. WFU offers the following opportunities to get involved: Youth and Adult Educational Programs; County, State and National Level Programs; Conferences Specifically for Women, Young Adults, and Young Families; Scholarships and Internships; and Summer Youth Camps.