WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — Employers in the grass-fed beef industry are invited to offer input about an apprenticeship program for grass-fed beef production being developed in Wisconsin.
According to Kathy O’Sullivan, Apprenticeship Training Representative for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, “Employers offer apprenticeships for many reasons, including attracting and retaining a talented workforce. Registered apprenticeships involve paid, full-time, on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in a trade. More than forty-five industries offer registered apprenticeships in Wisconsin including plumbing, tool making, tree care, and dairy grazing.”
“We want to understand the grass-fed industry’s need and desire for a formal on-the-job training program. The input of employers at this meeting will build on our ongoing effort to promote informal farmer-to-farmer training through our Mentorship Program for Future Livestock Farmers, funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture” says Robert Bauer, Grazing Educator for Southwest Badger RC&D.
“Thanks to a generous $500 grant from the Wisconsin Farmers Union Foundation we are able to offer travel stipends for employers to attend the meeting to share their needs” said Bauer.
The grass-fed beef employer meeting will be held February 2, 2017 from 10:00-11:30 am at the Chula Vista Resort, Laguna Vista Room, 2501 River Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965. The meeting is free and open to the public; however, RSVP is requested by February 1st to Robert Bauer at 608-732-1202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants may want to attend the full GrassWorks Conference at Chula Vista immediately after the meeting during February 2-4, 2017 to network and learn about other aspects of training employees and managed grazing. For more information and to register for the GrassWorks Conference visit http://grassworks.org/events/grazing-conference/.
Southwest Badger Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working in the Southwest Wisconsin region. The organization’s mission is to implement natural resource conservation and rural economic development in the area through education and best practices relating to agriculture, grassland, forests, and surface waters.
— Southwest Badger RC&D Council
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