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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week November 9-13

November 02 2020

MEDFORD—Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship is pleased to announce that they will be celebrating the U.S. Department of Labor’s sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) with social media events and giveaways November 9-13, 2020.

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a nationwide celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to express their support of apprenticeship. NAW was established by the U.S. Department of Labor to celebrate the impact apprenticeships have in helping Americans learn skills for jobs in growing industries.

“Now more than ever, Apprenticeship is key to the dairy industry as farmers reach retirement with fewer options for transitioning their farm to the next generation. The Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship offers a guided pathway to dairy farm business management or ownership,” said DGA Executive Director, Joe Tomandl, III.

“We are proud to support National Apprenticeship Week and showcase the impact Apprenticeship has on the skills gap in agriculture. Apprenticeship is a proven way for individuals to obtain the skills and knowledge that will enable them to pursue careers in the dairy farming industry.”

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA), is a National Apprenticeship registered with the U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration. The two-year program combines 3700 hours of on-farm employment and training under an approved Master Dairy Grazier with 300 hours of related instruction, including classes delivered online through DGA's Managed Grazing Innovation Center.

Graduates are certified Journey Dairy Graziers and may advance into management, equity earning, and farm transfer.

DGA has been developed with support from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) and Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans (AgVets) and other funding partners, industry sponsors, and individuals. Find out more at


WHEREAS, the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship recognizes the urgent need to prepare and maintain a highly-skilled workforce that is capable of meeting the demands of the industry we serve; and

WHEREAS, the United States currently faces a skills gap in the number of qualified workers to supply the needs across the dairy farming industry; and

WHEREAS, apprenticeship programs are uniquely capable of providing the academic and work-based learning required to develop in-demand skills in conjunction with employment; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Joseph Tomandl lll, Executive Director of Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, call upon all of our agriculture & industry partners to recognize the value of apprenticeships, and to promote industry awareness and expansion during the sixth anniversary of:

November 8, 2020, through November 14, 2020

Joseph Tomandl lll, Executive Director
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

Contact: Joseph Tomandl, III, DGA Executive Director

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