Participate Master

Participate Master

DGA gives experienced dairy farmers the opportunity to shape the future of the industry.

SHARE your knowledge and skills within a structured program for mentoring a next generation grazier.

DEVELOP a skilled employee who is prepared for positions in management, partnerships, and farm ownership.

RECEIVE professional financial analysis and business planning support.

EXPLORE new models of investment, equity building, and farm transfer.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE in your own operation as well as in the life of an individual or family who is ready to own or manage a dairy farm.

It's easy to get started!

To apply, ckick on the APPLY button below and follow these instructions:

1) Register for a DGA account on the first page

  • Fill in contact information
  • Choose a password

2) Fill out Master Application on the second page

  • Describe your operation, experience, and goals
  • Select seeking mode and notification option
  • Answer remaining questions
  • Submit your Master application

3) Confirm your account via email or text message

4) Receive Welcome email from DGA

  • Read information about the program
  • Add to your email contacts
  • Download attached procedure document

5) You will be assigned a DGA Education Coordinator who will

  • Contact you to arrange for an interview and farm visit
  • Conduct a farm assessment and make recommendation

6) As an approved Master, you are responsible for hiring an Apprentice and may

  • Receive notice of new Apprentice applications
  • Contact candidates directly or through website
  • Make your profile visible (without last name or contact info) to Apprentice candidates
  • Receive messages through the website

7) Sign In to the dga-national website any time in order to

  • Search for Apprentices via map, key word or list
  • Answer messages from Apprentice candidates, Education Coordinator, and Staff
  • Update your profile or change settings

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Must have five years of successful grazing experience or be a DGA graduate with three years grazing experience beyond the program.

Must ensure that Apprentice is trained in core work processes or employ a full-time qualified individual to supervise and train Apprentice.

Whether or not an individual meets above qualifications will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the DGA National Apprenticeship Committee for a new employer only.


Provide full-time employment and safe work environment with compensation of at least $8 per hour for 4,000 hours (and/or mutually agreed upon in-kind compensation).

Provide insight and instruction on all aspects of owning and operating a managed grazing dairy operation.

If DGA is not yet active in your state, you can stil apply to become a Master Dairy Grazier! We will stay in touch. DGA seeks to expand into states where farmer interest is high.

Note: DGA has an open application process but does not at this time have the capacity to serve international applicants.

Brandon and Glenn

“From the day we started working together on our three-year-plan, I told Brandon, 'You're not my hired man; you're my partner.”

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