Agriculture News

May 5, 2017

Applications open for Indiana 4-H Dairy Youth Academy

robotic dairy Northern Indiana Dairy Youth Academy members visit a Robotic Dairy, learning more about the Jersey Breed and the Canadian Quota System. (Purdue University photo/Kelly Heckaman) Download image

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - High school students are invited to apply for the Indiana 4-H Dairy Youth Academy, which offers participants an opportunity to learn more about the dairy industry.

The program provides career exploration through travel, tours and interaction with industry leaders and professionals.

Participants develop communication, problem-solving and leadership skills to bring positive changes to the dairy industry.

The top 14 delegates will be selected based on their leadership and a written application. Judging will be done by a panel of industry and Purdue Extension representatives. Upon acceptance in the Academy, delegates must pay a fee of $150.

Eligibility requirements are:

* Must be a student in grades 10-12 by Sept. 1, 2017.

* Currently enrolled in 4-H.
* Commit to weekly activities from Sept. 2017 to Aug. 2018.

* Not exhibiting animals at the World Dairy Expo during the current year.
* Not participating in the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest during the year.

Applications and more information can be found at

Applications must be submitted by June 15 to Kelly Heckaman at or mailed to the Indiana 4-H Dairy Youth Academy, 202 W. Main St., Warsaw, IN 46580.

Sponsors of the Dairy Youth Academy are the Purdue Extension Dairy Youth Activities Council, the American Dairy Association of Indiana Inc., Indiana Dairy Producers and NorthStar Cooperative Inc., Fair Oaks Farms, Diamond V, and Merck Animal Health.           

Writer: Cheri Frederick, 765-494-2406,

Source: Kelly Heckaman, 574-372-2340,

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-8415;
Shari Finnell, Manager/Media Relations and Public Information,  
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