Current Progressive Dairy digital edition

David Packard
Montgomery, Pennsylvania
District Sales Representative
Semex USA

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Despite the economic and cultural significance of dairy farming in Wisconsin, the state continues to lose small and mid-sized dairy farms. New farmers are not entering the industry at rates that offset the loss of retiring producers.

In a state where the average age of primary operators is 55, the question of how to bring new farmers into dairy farming is becoming increasingly urgent.

The GrassWorks Apprenticeship Program answers this question by establishing a new institutionally supported career path for beginning farmers.

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Click here to download a pdf of the results from the PD Poll: "Should federal order reform change classified pricing to less than four classes?"

Erin Cortus South Dakota State UniversitySouth Dakota State University professor Erin Cortus was named the 2010 Dr. Sherwood and Elizabeth Berg Award winner. Cortus is an assistant professor in SDSU’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and joined SDSU in June 2008. She has participated in successful grant applications totaling more than $790,000, including one proposal where she was the principal investigator. She works as a contributor to the National Air Emissions Monitoring Study, and she has mentored nine undergraduate students and continues to serve the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service as a specialist in the area of air quality and waste management.

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