Passing along this on-line ed opportunity for new dairy farmers. Start  
date is tomorrow. Please along to those who may be interested. thanks,  

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     Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 21:35:54 -0400
     From: Colleen Leonard <[log in to unmask]>

Subject: online series for new dairy producers

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New series offers free, web-based training to beginning dairy

"Lunchtime Series for New and Beginning Dairy Producers"

Starts April 23; Free, online program.

Save time and money - take part without leaving your office!

The series is designed for the dairy producer who is new to the
industry, has recently completed a management transition and is a new
owner, or is simply less experienced. The purpose of the series is to
provide these new and beginning producers a convenient way to access
information that will help them be successful in a challenging

The series kicks off April 23, and will continue June 25, July 30,
27, Sept. 24,  Oct. 29, Nov. 26, and Dec. 17. Hours are noon to 1
for each session. The training is offered in real-time via the
web. Participants just need a phone and a computer with high-speed
internet connection to access the website that will be used for the
training. The April 23 session will provide an introduction to others
various regions of Pennsylvania and some brief introductory topics.
After the initial session, the topics will be chosen by the
participants. Some potential topics for discussion may include:

*       Strategies for building equity as a new dairy business owner
*       Pennsylvania resources available for new dairy business
*       Ways to help prevent inter-generational miscommunications
*       Better financial management
*       Better production management

This project is partially funded with a grant from the Pennsylvania
Department of Agriculture and the Center for Dairy Excellence. There
no charge to participate, but pre-registration is required for each
session by calling the Dairy Alliance office, 888-373-7232, by noon
the Monday prior to the session. For more information, visit the
website at:[1] or
contact the Dairy Alliance office. Dairy Alliance is a Penn State
Cooperative initiative.=20

    Colleen S. Leonard
Dairy Herd Management Specialist
UVM Extension
338 Highland Avenue
Newport, VT 05855
Phone (802) 334-7325, Ext 13
Toll Free 1-866-260-5561, Ext 13
Fax (802) 334-5208
E-mail:  [log in to unmask]


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