Over the last two days, Ag Workforce Development and Agri-Services LLC teamed up to deliver Newborn Calf Care training in English and Spanish for a diverse group of dairy farm employees. Dr. Ernest Hovingh of Penn State was our featured speaker and Marcela Martinez taught and translated. We had a great group of engaged learners who came from all types of farms. They had the opportunity to learn best practices in caring for newborn calves and to practice many techniques with their own hands.
This is a great example of the industry coming together to expand the skills of our workforce. We had participation from producers, Penn State University, and the strong support of agribusinesses including: Boehringer Ingelheim, Elanco, Franklin Feed, White Oak Mills, and Sporting Valley Feed. Special thanks to Burk-Lea Farms in Chambersburg and Brubaker Farms in Mt. Joy. Also thanks to PDMP, the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania for supporting the program.
I look forward to building an industry-driven workforce development program that will help expand, diversify, and strengthen the agricultural workforce in the mid-Atlantic region. If your organization wants to get on board, reach out and tell me how you can help!