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Academy invites youth interested in dairy industry to apply

High school students interested in pursuing a career in the dairy industry are invited to apply to the 2014-15 Indiana Dairy Youth Academy.

The academy helps participants develop leadership and communication skills, explore career opportunities and learn industry techniques. Students attend a series of workshops, conferences and industry tours that focus on specific areas, such as nutrition, reproduction, veterinary science and herd management.

Applications, available at https://www.extension.purdue.edu /dairy/news/2014DYAapplication. pdf, are due June 1. Eligible students must be in grades 10-12 by September 1 and be enrolled in 4-H. Participants are required to attend academy activities that run from September 2014 through fall 2015.

A panel of Purdue Extension representatives will select 14 academy delegates based on their leadership experience and written application. There is a fee for accepted participants.

The academy schedule includes theNational 4-H Dairy Youth Conferencein Wisconsin, a leadership and career retreat, a dairy reproduction and technology event in Michigan,animal sciencesworkshops atPurdue Universityand activities at theIndiana State Fair. The program concludes with a completion trip and report to sponsors in fall 2015.

The academy is sponsored by the American Dairy Association of Indiana, Indiana Dairy Producers, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana State Department of Agriculture and Purdue Extension Dairy Youth Activities Committee.