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Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow farm tour planned for April 11

High school aged students with an interest in dairy are invited to participate in a day-long tour of two Blair County dairy farm operations on Friday, April 11. The tour is being coordinated by the Center for Dairy Excellence and supported by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania as part of its Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow program.

“This is the second year for our Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Farm Tour, and last year it exposed the students to very unique and successful dairy business models,” said Emily Yeiser, dairy initiatives manager with the center. “We are looking forward to offering the same experience this year, with the tour featuring two profitable, high producing, commercial dairies in Blair County.”

The two farms featured on the tour include:

  • Kulp Family Dairy, LLC, owned by the Kulp family in Martinsburg, Pa.
  • DD Drycreek Dairy, owned by the Smith family in Martinsburg, Pa.

More details about the specific farm locations will be outlined in the near future, with specific information on bus pick-up points determined at that point. Those interested must complete a brief application and include a statement on why they are interested in the dairy industry. The application must also be signed by their agriculture teacher or an educational advisor and a parent. Absentee excuse forms should also be submitted with the application, so they can be signed to ensure that the tour is considered an educational field trip.

Applications can be downloaded from www.centerfordairyexcellence.org under “Upcoming Events” or in the Student and Educator section. Call 717-346-0849 to request an application. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014.