SENECA Falls, NY – Cooper Fowler of Hannibal is among the 29 Junior Dairy Leaders representing New York, Connecticut and Vermont, who will graduate at the 2016 Empire Farm Days event in Seneca Falls.
The statewide program is for youth between the ages of 16 and 19 with an interest in learning more about career opportunities in the dairy industry and gaining hands-on experience in the field.
The August 10, 1:30 p.m. graduation ceremony in the Dairy Profit Seminar Center at Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott & Son Farms, 2973 Route 414, Seneca Falls, provides the Junior Dairy Leaders with the opportunity to highlight their year-long experiences, demonstrating the dynamic aspects of dairy education and career options.
The program begins in late September with a seven-day trip to Madison, Wisc., to tour dairies and agribusinesses, followed by attending the annual National 4-H Dairy Conference.
Throughout the year, hands-on workshops offer learning opportunities on specific facets of the dairy industry, including veterinary science, dairy nutrition, production management, and on-farm production analysis, plus interaction with dairy producers, industry professionals, and other dairy-interested young people.
The class sponsors for 2016 are Pro-Dairy, the Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation, Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement Program, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Northeast Ag and Feed Alliance, DEHM Associates, Genex/CRI, Select Sire Power, Cornell University Department of Animal Science, and New York’s dairy producers.
The 300-acre Empire Farm Days is the Northeast’s largest outdoor farm show. The event features crop and equipment demonstrations; tractors, trucks, and implements of all sizes and uses; Dairy Profit and other educational seminars; test drives; live cattle and horse demonstrations; farm safety and family life displays; and information booths by hundreds of agriculture-related vendors, organizations, colleges and associations.
Show hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on August 9 and 10, and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on August 11.
Parking is $10 per vehicle. For daily schedules and more information visit www.empirefarmdays.com or call 877-697-7837.