Agriculture News

May 24, 2016

Teen 4-H members invited to apply to dairy youth academy

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Applications are being accepted for a 4-H program that gives teens a firsthand look at agribusiness management in the dairy industry.

The Indiana 4-H Dairy Youth Academy is a yearlong program open to teens entering 10th through 12th grades this fall, who are currently enrolled in the 4-H program and who are interested in pursuing careers in the dairy industry. Accepted students will develop leadership and communication skills while interacting with dairy industry professionals and learning about veterinary science and agribusiness management.

Applications for the academy are due June 1 and are available at A panel of Purdue Extension and industry representatives will select the top 14 delegates, based on their written applications and demonstrated leadership. After being accepted, the cost of attendance is $150.

The purpose of the academy is to help teens explore dairy career options and develop leadership and communication skills by exposing them to facets of the industry, including crop and herd management, business management techniques and veterinary science. Delegates will attend the National 4-H Dairy Youth Conference; attend technology, finance and leadership workshops; tour dairy facilities across the Midwest; and participate in demonstrations at the Indiana State Fair.

"The Indiana 4-H Dairy Youth Academy program is a unique opportunity for youth," said Megan Hoffherr, 4-H youth development Extension educator. "It combines a love for the dairy industry with leadership and career readiness development. Participants will gain international experience and meet other Indiana youth who share their interests, while networking with potential employers and learning about career opportunities, business etiquette, resume and cover letter development, and interviewing."

The academy is sponsored by the American Dairy Association of Indiana Inc., Indiana Dairy Producers; Indiana Soybean Alliance; North Star Cooperative Inc. and Purdue Extension Dairy Youth Activities Committee.

For more information, contact Hoffherr at 812-385-3491 or           

Writer: Jessica Merzdorf, 765-494-7719, 

Source: Megan Hoffherr, 812-385-3491,

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-2722;
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