WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) – Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) is announcing that U.S. military veterans will qualify for reimbursement of tuition for lessons taken by means of its on line university, Managed Grazing Innovation Middle (MGIC). The intent is to enhance accessibility to educational options for veterans contemplating a career in dairy farming. Funding, provided by a grant from the USDA Nationwide Institute of Foodstuff and Agriculture (NIFA) Enhancing Agricultural Chances for Armed service Veterans Competitive Grants Plan (AgVets), will be accessible commencing Spring Semester 2021 till August 31, 2022.
“DGA is a veteran welcoming firm,” says DGA Govt Director Joe Tomandl, III, “and we are fully commited to not only delivering accessibility to high top quality lessons but also building a pathway for returning services customers trying to find to enter the dairy farming profession.”
Set up in 2018 to deliver custom information for DGA Apprentices, MGIC is now open up to the common community and offers a slate of 6 courses for any person who needs to get practical know-how that can be set to use on the farm: Dairy Cattle Health and fitness and Wellness Milk High quality Dairy Cattle Diet, Feeds and Feeding Soil and Water Sources Administration Farm Business enterprise Management and Managed Grazing Devices for Dairy Cattle.
MGIC courses are one credit history (36 several hours) each and every and run for 12 months throughout Spring Semester and Fall Semester. There is also a condensed Summertime Session to accommodate diversified and fast paced farming schedules. College students can acquire classes individually or entire all 6 inside 5 a long time to earn a Managed Grazing Dairy Certificate. The classes incorporate impartial research with synchronous academic prospects as effectively as just one-on-a single help from MGIC University Director, Jamie Washburn.
In accordance to Washburn, “The on the net structure presents versatility for veterans in any location as they are considering a possible Apprenticeship, when also connecting individuals across the country in a shared mastering community.”
Washburn, who has a broad track record in livestock nutrition and output, study, and education, teaches all the classes and brings in speakers all through reside video classes to give more experience. She holds a Master’s degree in Ruminant Nourishment and a Bachelor’s in Animal Science from Southern Illinois College Carbondale.
Registration for Spring Semester at Managed Grazing Innovation Middle opens on December 28, 2020 with courses beginning January 11, 2021 by way of April 2nd. For extra data on courses and how to sign-up take a look at: https://www.dga-national.org/mgic
MGIC was developed with the help of a 2017 Academic Enhancement Staff (EET) grant from USDA National Institute of Foods and Agriculture (NIFA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Improvement Method (BFRDP).
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